Two people were killed Friday in shootings at Texas Southern University in Houston and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. The latest college shootings coincide with President Obama’s trip to Roseburg, Oregon for closed-door visits with families of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims.
President considers executive action on gun control
"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” President Obama said from the White House after the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua left 9 people dead and 9 others injured. “It does not convey the heartache and anger we feel.”
The president is reportedly considering executive action on gun background checks. The Washington Post reports that potential executive action would require gun dealers who exceed a certain number of sales get a license from the ATF and perform background checks on individual buyers.
Current U.S. law only requires those “engaged in the business” of selling guns to get a license and perform background checks, leaving an exemption for people who buy or sell guns as a hobby, a those who sell small numbers of guns on an occasional basis.
1 dead, 3 injured at Northern Arizona University
Police said an overnight fight between 2 groups of Northern Arizona students led to a shooting early Friday. University Police Chief Gregory T. Fowler identified the shooter as 18-year-old Steven Jones, a freshman student at NAU.
The student who died was identified as Colin Brough. The others injured in the shooting are Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring.
NAU President Rita Cheng said “hearts are heavy” on campus, and while classes would continue as scheduled, “this is not going to be a normal day.”
2 shot, 1 killed Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University was placed on lockdown Friday after an 11:30 a.m. shooting at University Courtyard Apartments, which is home to many students. Houston police confirmed one person died in the shooting, another person was wounded and a suspect was believed to be in custody.
Classes at Texas Southern were canceled for the day. The university has about 9,700 enrolled students.