Three people are dead after a school shooting occurred in New Mexico Thursday afternoon.
Tragedy befell San Juan County after a shooting occurred at Aztec High School. A suspected lone gunman arrived and opened fire, killing two students. Miraculously, no one else was injured.
Details concerning the shooter have still yet to be released, but according to a spokesman for New Mexico State Police, the gunman was also killed.
In a statement posted on their Twitter, state police wrote, “The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Aztec is both a town and county located in the northwest part of New Mexico, 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque near Navajo Nation. It’s home to about 6000 people, with 900 of them attending Aztec High School.
All schools in Aztec county were on lockdown following the shooting. After police thoroughly searched the school and confirmed that the alleged gunman acted alone, students were taken by school bus to town hall to be reunited with their parents.
Initial reports from local news indicated over a dozen injured, however, San Juan County Police confirmed that only two students were killed in the shooting. Police reported there was “no credible threat” following the incident, but schools remained closed for the rest of the day.
“All New Mexicans are standing with you,” said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Thursday afternoon. “I cannot imagine a greater pain than to lose your child particularly in such a senseless way. There are a lot of questions, but we have to make sure to let law enforcement do what they’re good at doing and let them figure this out.”
President of the Navajo Nation Russell Begaye said in a press release, “It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed.”
It’s currently unknown if the shooter was targeting students or staff at Aztec high school.
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