3 dead following school shooting in New Mexico

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School.

Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern USA state of New Mexico, police said, adding that the assailant was dead.

As authorities continued to piece together what unfolded at the high school, Martinez said the state education department would send $120,000 to the high school to pay for counselors, social workers and extra security in the wake of the violence.

All schools in town closed for the day, but authorities said there were no other credible threats to students at the high school or other schools in the neighbouring communities of Bloomfield or Farmington.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office told KRQE-TVdeputies were working to evacuate students to safety and were searching the school buildings.

Sophomore Garrett Parker told Albuquerque television station KOAT that he also heard what he thought was banging on the lockers.

"Out of any state, out of all the states in America, you don't think it would happen here", he said. "So he kept that locked", Parker said.

Police responded to the school less than a minute after getting the initial calls, which came shortly after the start of the first period.

"Thankfully our teacher always locks the door no matter what".

"Right after we got outside the door, right outside the door, there was someone lying dead".

"There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were incredible, that actually saved lives", said Martinez, who added that the White House had called, offering its condolences.

Parker said it felt like a dream.

"It is tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses".

The Navajo Nation said 15 people were injured.

There were approximately 328 mass shootings, defined as involving more than two people.

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