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Late Update : Student wounded in Arizona campus shooting out of hospital

Student wounded in Arizona campus shooting out of hospital.

Under investigation: Police officers
investigate a shooting at Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff,
Ariz., Friday. An overnight confrontation between two groups of students
escalated into gunfire early Friday when a student killed one person and wounded
three others, authorities said. (Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic via

One of three Northern Arizona University fraternity members wounded in a
campus shooting had never met the student suspected of opening fire on the
group, the victim's mother said Saturday.

Kimberly Prato said one of the first things she asked her son, Nicholas, when
she saw him in a Flagstaff hospital was who shot him.

"He said 'Mom, I don't know the kid. I never saw him before in my life,"
Prato told The Associated Press. "He said 'I saw him for a second and
then saw a flashlight and heard the gunshots.'"

Authorities say first-year student Steven Jones opened fire with a .40
caliber handgun after a brawl erupted between two groups of students early
Friday. Student Colin Brough was killed. All four victims belonged to Delta Chi

Nicholas Prato suffered a gunshot wound to his neck in the early Friday
shooting but was released by the afternoon.

"It completely went through his neck. If it was a quarter inch to the left,
it would have hit his carotid artery," Kimberly Prato said.

The other two victims, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, remain hospitalized.
NAU spokeswoman Janea (jah-NAY') Laudick said the victims' families requested
privacy and that no additional information be released.

Brough and Prato were best friends, according to Kimberly Prato. Nicholas
Prato, a junior, attended a candlelight vigil Friday held by the fraternity.

"Nicholas felt a very strong urge to pay tribute to his best friend and to be
with his brothers," Prato said. "He got up and dressed himself and was really
adamant about not missing the vigil. He emotionally needed to do that."

Brough's father, Doug Brough, visited a makeshift memorial at the shooting
site Saturday. Brough, of Castle Rock, Colorado, told The Arizona Republic
(http://bit.ly/1R4AbaO) that he didn't understand why an 18-year-old had a
pistol in his car.

"The only thing I have to say is somebody needs to do something about the gun
laws," Brough said.

Jones was booked Friday on one count of first-degree homicide and three
counts of aggravated assault. Jones told police he shot the group of students
only after they hit him in the face and chased him, according to court
documents. He also said he tried to administer first aid to one of the

Prosecutors, however, said the suspect's account amounted to a "self-serving"
statement and alleged Jones was the aggressor.

Despite defense attorney Burges McCowan's request that Jones be released to
his parents in Glendale, Arizona, a judge ordered him held on a $2 million

McCowan declined to comment Saturday.

Northern Arizona University has more than 25,000 total undergraduate students
at the campus in Flagstaff, a city about two hours north of Phoenix that is
surrounded by mountains and ponderosa pines. The city of 70,000 people has a
reputation for being a safe place and typically records only one murder per
year. (**)
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