Two students are dead and over a dozen injured after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said. The three victims are believed to be students and the shooter was said to have been killed following the attack.
The shooting occurred at Aztec High School in Aztec, which is situated about 180 miles north of Albuquerque in the Four Corners region, Fox News reported. San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said during a press conference that the three dead are believed to be students but did not confirm whether the suspect was included in that count.
“It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent especially on school campuses,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in a press release. Aztec High School is located roughly 20 miles east of the reservation’s New Mexico territory.
“We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed,” Begaye said.
The San Juan county Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to alert parents that they should pick up students from the police department. The department also confirmed earlier that the shooter was dead, with Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge advising the community that the threat had been dealt with.
Families and friends of students of Aztec High School are gathered outside city hall, following a shooting at the school@KOB4 pic.twitter.com/7kjG7ZNITV
— Meg Hilling (@meghilling) December 7, 2017
FBI and state police will join the investigation into the shooting, KOB-TV reported.
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jayme Harcrow could not confirm the sex of the shooter or whether he or she was a student at the school. She also noted that the casualty count has not yet been definitively assessed, questioning reports stating that over a dozen people were injured.
“It’s horrible – it’s a great community and we love this place,” she told People. “Things can happen anywhere, but it’s shocking when they happen in a place like here.”