Accused NAU gunman: ‘I shot blindly because my glasses fell off my face’
Accused NAU shooter 18-year-old Steven Jones. (Source: Facebook)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
The suspect behind October’s deadly shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University claims he didn’t provoke a fight that led to gunfire, according to newly-released police reports.
Steven Jones, 18, had told Flagstaff and NAU police after the incident that he was in a dorm parking lot with two friends when several people approached. It's not clear what it was over, but a fight broke out, and Jones told police he was hit in the face.
He said he took off for his car and described being chased.
In the police reports released Friday, Jones is quoted as saying he feared for his life when he was chased by a group of students.
He said he shot a gun he retrieved from his car somewhat blindly because his glasses had been knocked off his face, documents stated..
One of the students that would later be shot, witnesses said, approached Jones, asking him, "Why [are] you bringing a gun here?" Jones shot him, a witness said. A second person took one step in Jones' direction, documents say, and Jones shot him, too.
The new police report says Brough at first was mis-identified by officers due to a fake driver's license.
Three others who were wounded were Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring. The police report said Prato was found in his dorm nearby with a gunshot wound to the neck.
The police reports also say one of the first responding officers touched/moved the suspect's weapon that was lying on the ground in an attempt to secure it despite being advised against it by other officers on scene.
Police body cam videos were also released Friday. In one of them, an officer is heard saying, "I have the suspect in my patrol vehicle, he's in custody. He identified himself to me as the only shooter. We have the weapon. He ran away from the weapon upon my approach to him."
Jones has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. He remains in jail on $2 million bond.