Two New Mexico high school students were fatally shot Thursday by another student who later died at the scene, authorities said.
San Juan County, N.M., operations officer Mark Stark confirmed the shooter was an Aztec High School student, though no other information, including a motive for the attack, was immediately available.
Police have not yet publicly identified the shooter or the two students who were killed in the small town in northwestern New Mexico.
San Juan Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brice Current said the families of the shooting victims have been notified.
Gov. Susana Martinez in on the way to the scene. The FBI is at the school.
Students and staff were cleared from the campus as police searched the school room by room. Buses took students to Farmington, N.M., to meet their parents.
Updated information: 1 suspect shooter is deceased. 2 students are deceased. No other injuries reported. The school has been evacuated. #Aztecschoolshooting
— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) December 7, 2017
The school was placed on lockdown as everyone was evacuated.
“Aztec High School is locked down and being evacuated,” the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. “Please avoid the area.”
However, Lacy Cross waited anxiously by the school for news about her daughter. The last she had heard was a text message from her daughter telling her, “I love you,” and that they could hear the shooter approaching.
As authorities tried to gain control of the situation, New Mexico officials began offering their condolences.
SOURCE: The (Farmington, N.M.) Daily Times