Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting



Two students were killed and 15 more were injured following a shooting at a high school in New Mexico.


San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said the shooter who opened fire at Aztec High School is also dead.


The school remains on lockdown and was evacuated following the shooting, authorities said. The state police and FBI are conducting the investigation.


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


Bloomfield and Farmington high schools in the area were also on lockdown as a precaution, but those lockdowns were later lifted.


Nervous parents gathered at Aztec City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their kids.


“It’s horrible — it’s a great community and we love this place,” San Juan County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jayme Harcrow told People. “Things can happen anywhere, but it’s shocking when they happen in a place like here.”

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Students are led out of Aztec High School after a shooting Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Aztec, N.M.

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The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is telling residents to stay clear of the area.


Aztec is a rural community of 6,500 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 go back more than 100 years.


Navajo Nation said in a statement that 15 people were injured.


“It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed. Our prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy and everyone throughout the San Juan County. We are asking for prayers for these families.”


Sen. Martin Heinrich said on Twitter that he was following reports on the situation and “sending my thoughts to the community and all affected in New Mexico today.”


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