Shooting At Northern Arizona University Campus, 1 Dead, 3 Wounded

PolitiChicks.comThis morning my roommate from college texted me:  Oh no. Sad news at NAU. :/  Having no idea what he was talking about, I checked Facebook and my timeline was (and still remains) filled with information about a shooting that took place at my alma mater, Northern Arizona University.

The shooting took place just outside of Mountain View Hall, a four-story co-ed dorm for Greek Life. Early reports say that there was a confrontation between members of the fraternity, Delta Chi.

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NAU released the names of the victims. Colin Brough was killed while Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring were wounded.

According to NAU police, the gunman was 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones.  It appears that this was an isolated innocent that began as a verbal altercation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families,” NAU president Rita Cheng said. “Our hearts are heavy. This is not going to be a normal day at NAU.”

Flagstaff is a small mountain town, with NAU at the heart of the community. Students get around campus and town by walking or riding their bikes. It’s a tight knit community surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. Everyone is fairly friendly and people look out for one another.

I ask that we keep the families of the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. And I hope that people on both sides of the political aisle wait to receive more information before this incident is politicized.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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