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3 dead following school shooting in New Mexico

08 Décembre 2017

The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter.

The police told media conference Thursday afternoon that two students and a male shooter were dead following high school shooting in USA northwest state of New Mexico.

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 neighboring communities of Bloomfield or Farmington. The identity of the shooter has yet to be released.

"No other injuries reported", the police said.

Officials were working on clearing the buildings before the shooter was reported down, according to San Juan County CEO Kim Carpenter.

A candlelight vigil honoring the victims was held at a local park Thursday evening.

"At first it sounded like kids were just banging on the lockers".

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The teacher had locked the door as he normally does and the students hid in a corner of the room. "So he kept that locked", Parker said. She didn't provide more details. "But the next thing we knew, our teachers start yelling for us to get in the closet right now and that it was gunshots that we heard".

The incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m.at the school of about 950 students in Aztec, a town of 6,000 about 200 miles (320 km) northwest of Santa Fe and 20 miles (32 km) from the Navajo Nation reservation. Its main street is lined by old brick buildings that date back more than a century.

Christensen and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas also declined to say whether the suspect shot himself to death or was killed by officers from the Aztec Police Department.

"At schools, our primary role and our primary job is to educate students and keep them safe, and when you have something like this, it hits you in the heart", he said.

Classes have been canceled Friday at all schools in Aztec.

Residents voiced disbelief on social media, while members of the New Mexico congressional delegation, state Attorney General Hector Balderas and other elected officials offered their condolences and other assistance.

3 dead following school shooting in New Mexico