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Report: Alleged NAU shooter sober at time of shooting, others involved were not

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PHOENIX — A Northern Arizona University student who shot and killed another last month reportedly was sober at the time of the shooting, according to a toxicology report obtained by 12 News.

Steven Jones, the 18-year-old student who allegedly pulled the trigger that led to the death of 20-year-old Colin Brough last month, was found to have no trace of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the shooting.

toxicology report of Brough found he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.285 when he was killed. There was also evidence he had recently used marijuana.

Nicholas Prato and Kyle Zientek, two NAU students who were injured in the shooting, were also found to be legally intoxicated at the time. Both also tested positive for recent marijuana use.

A third victim, Nicholas Piring, was legally intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

Jones was indicted for first-degree murder of Brough last month and is being held on a $2 million bond. Jones told police he shot the group of students with a .40-caliber handgun only after they hit him in the face and chased him, according to court documents.

Jones told investigators that several people approached him and two friends while they were outside a residence, leading to an alleged fight between the two groups, and Jones said he was hit in the face. An officer noticed he had a split lip and Jones said he had been hit “pretty hard” in the back of the head, according to a police report.

He said a group chased him to his car, where he retrieved a handgun. Two of the victims had stopped following him but turned around when Jones yelled that he had a gun, court documents said.

Jones also said he tried to administer first aid to one of the victims.

A GoFundMe page has been established for the victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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