Three dead in school shooting in New Mexico

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead, authorities said Thursday as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution.

State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School. The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the buildings and teens were taken to another location.

A crowd of nervous parents gathered outside City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.

“The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers,” state police said in a statement on social media.

State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting and did not immediately release any details about the circumstances.

Aztec is a rural community of 6,500 people in the heart of northwestern New Mexico’s oil and gas country and near the Navajo Nation. Its main street is lined by old brick buildings that date back more than a century.

Related Articles

Former school bus driver gets 4 years in crash that killed 6 kids An ex-Tennessee school bus driver who was at the wheel in a wreck that killed six children has been sentenced to four years in prison for criminally n...
Grand Rivers man charged with unlawful imprisonment of a woman, assault A Grand Rivers, Kentucky, man was arrested on charges that he held a woman against her will, along with multiple assault charges.
4th death reported in Illinois linked to synthetic marijuana Illinois public health officials say a fourth person has died after using synthetic marijuana.
AP Interview: Iran says if US exits deal, it likely will too Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is warning the Trump administration that pulling out from the Iran nuclear deal would undermine talks wit...