New police body cam video shows chilling moments after NAU shooting

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The shooter is identified as NAU freshman Steven Jones. (Source: Facebook) The shooter is identified as NAU freshman Steven Jones. (Source: Facebook)

For the first time, we're hearing from the Northern Arizona University shooting suspect, moments after one student was killed and three others were injured on campus last month. Dash cam and body camera video shows Steven Jones, 18, on the night of October 9.

[READ: 1 student killed, 3 wounded at NAU in Flagstaff]

Jones is being held on a $2M bond in Flagstaff for the shooting death of fellow student, Colin Brough. Jones says he acted in self-defense. The new video shows Jones' reaction after admitting to pulling the trigger.

"Turn around, on the ground, on the ground," the responding Flagstaff Police Officer screamed.

The arrest unfolded just moments after the 18-year-old claimed he was chased and beaten outside an apartment complex. Jones said he feared for his life and warned the attackers before he fired his gun. Brough, 20, was killed. 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.

In the police body cam video, Jones began to weep after he was handcuffed. He called for his mother, apologized to the officer and even begged for mercy.  "Officer please help, officer please, officer please, please tell me I'm going to be okay please?" he said.

[READ: Accused NAU gunman: ‘I shot blindly because my glasses fell off my face’]  

Once inside the police cruiser, Jones began yelling and screaming again and apologized seemingly to his victims. "I'm so sorry. Why did you chase me? Why did you chase me?" he said to himself. "Why were you trying to hurt me? Why did you make me do that? Why?" 

Jones has pleaded not guilty. A grand jury has indicted him on first-degree murder and assault charges. 

[Special Section: NAU shooting]

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