In the nation’s latest high-profile mass shooting, a gunman open fired at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday, killing three students, including the suspected gunman, according to New Mexico State Police.
Several news outlests also remore than a dozen others were injured in the attack at Aztec High School, which is located in the town of Aztec about 180 miles north of Albuquerque in the state’s Four Corners region. It’s also near the Navajo Nation.
— NMSP (@NMStatePolice) December 7, 2017
Authorities responded to reports of gunshots at approximately 9 a.m. local time. The school, and several others in the area, were placed on lockdown. It was later evacuated as students were transported by buses to another location to be reunited with family members.
Following the evacuation, officers continued to search the buildings, but Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge confirmed there was no longer any threat to the community,CNN reported. The lockdowns on surrounding schools were also lifted.
“It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed,” said Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation. “Our prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy and everyone throughout San Juan County. We are asking for prayers for these families.”
State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting.