AZTEC, New Mexico —
A capturing at a New Mexico highschool left two college students and the suspect lifeless Thursday, authorities stated as faculties all through the small city shut down for the day.
Police didn’t launch any particulars concerning the shooter however confirmed the opposite two individuals who have been killed attended Aztec Excessive Faculty. No different accidents have been reported, officers stated.
“The households of the victims have been notified instantly. They’re in our ideas and prayers,” state police stated in a press release on social media.
State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the capturing and didn’t instantly launch any particulars concerning the circumstances. A information convention was deliberate.
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The varsity of about 900 college students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the campus and teenagers have been taken to a different location.
A crowd of nervous mother and father gathered outdoors Metropolis Corridor within the moments after the capturing to attend for extra info as officers tried to reassure them concerning the security of their youngsters.
Regardless of the closure of all faculties in Aztec, authorities stated there have been no different credible threats to college students at the highschool or different faculties within the neighboring communities of Bloomfield or Farmington.
Aztec is a rural group of 6,500 individuals within the coronary heart of northwestern New Mexico’s oil and fuel nation and close to the Navajo Nation. Its foremost road is lined by previous brick buildings that date again greater than a century.
Residents voiced disbelief on social media, whereas members of the New Mexico congressional delegation, state Lawyer Common Hector Balderas, and different elected officers provided their condolences and different help.
“Whereas particulars are nonetheless coming in, we grieve for the harmless victims on this mindless act of violence. Too many lives have been disrupted and too many futures minimize brief,” U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stated in a tweet.
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