Two students and the alleged shooter are dead after a shooting at Aztec High School in New Mexico this morning. The school is in the Four Corners region near the Navajo Nation.
“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,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in a press release.
Details are still coming in. We will update this story regularly.
Two students were killed when a gunman opened fire at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.
The suspected gunman was also killed, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police told Fox News. It’s unclear how the gunman died or what the motive for the attack may have been.
Two students are dead, the shooter is dead as well. There are no other injuries reported. According to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, no injured people have been transported from Aztec High School.
Earlier deputies and Lt. Kyle Lincoln from the San Juan County Sheriff Department cleared the building and actively searched the school.
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has asked parents of Aztec High School to pick up their kids at Mcgee Park at noon.
A former Aztec school board member who went by the scene shortly after it unfolded says this is absolutely unheard of in their small community.
“Tragically the horrors that visited many other communities have come to roost here in Aztec,” Michael Padilla said. He also called the scene chaotic and said there was a massive law enforcement presence.
The New Mexico State Police were taking over the investigation. Federal authorities were also investigating what led to the shooting.
Other schools in the area also were locked down as a precaution. Authorities say it could be a few hours before the lockdowns are lifted.
A crowd of nervous parents gathered at Aztec City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.