Police: 2 students shot, killed at a high school in New Mexico
The police confirm the shooter is also dead; no word yet if the suspect was a student at Aztec high School.
Two students were killed when a gunman opened fire on a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.
The suspected gunman is killed, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police told Fox News. Police did not release any further information about the shooter, but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec high School.
“The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers,” the police said in a statement on the social media.
Travis McDaniel comfort Loretta Mitchell, whose son was in the Aztec high School during the shooting. Her son is OK. pic.twitter.com/swbpsbwudf
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The high school, located in the northwest of the state near the Navajo Nation, was evacuated after a period of in the lock. The authorities said that they cleared the buildings of the school, and the students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.
Initial reports indicated that more than a dozen people were injured in the shooting. However, officials later clarified that there is no other injuries were reported.
Aztec high School in Northern #NewMexico 2 killed, 15 people injured, according to the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President. The full press release below pic.twitter.com/Lyk5YZkXZ2
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“It is tragic when our children are harmed in violent way, especially on school campuses. We extend our condolences to the families that are harmed,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in a press release.
It was not immediately clear if the shooting happened inside or outside the school. The school of approximately 900 students was removed as the authorities made the buildings and the teens were taken to a different location.
Families and friends of the students of Aztec high School are gathered outside the town hall, after a shooting at the school in@KOB4 pic.twitter.com/7kjG7ZNITV
— Meg Hilling (@meghilling) December 7, 2017
On Facebook, law enforcement officials asked people to “avoid the area”, while the authorities secured the scene.
Despite the closure of all schools in the Aztecs, the authorities say that there are no other credible threats to the students at the high school or other schools in the neighboring communities of Bloomfield or Farmington.
Aztec is a rural community of 6,500 people, in the heart of the northwestern New Mexico oil and gas country. The main street is dotted with old brick buildings that date back more than a century.
Residents expressed disbelief on social media, while the members of the New Mexico congressional delegation, Attorney General Hector Balderas and other elected officials offered their condolences, and other assistance.
“Although details are still to come, we grieve for the innocent victims in this senseless act of violence. Too many lives are disrupted and too many futures short,” the US. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said in a tweet.
Fox News’ Ray Bogan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang