AZTEC, N.M. (KRQE/AP) – Three people are dead after a school shooting at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM.
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.
A former Aztec school board member who went by the scene shortly after it unfolded said 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.
As of 10 a.m. Bloomfield schools are no longer on lockdown. All students faculty and staff are accounted for.
A student at the high school said he huddled in a locked classroom as a shooter opened fire and killed two classmates.
Aztec High School sophomore Garrett Parker tells Albuquerque television station KOAT that he was upstairs in history class when he heard what he initially thought was students banging on lockers Thursday.
As the noise got louder and closer, school officials warned over the intercom system that it wasn’t a drill.
Parker says he’s thankful his teacher always locks the classroom door. He and other students moved to a corner of the room out of sight of the door and hid.
Authorities have released few details of the shooting in the small town of Aztec near the Four Corners region, other than to say the suspect and two victims were students.