US school shooting: 2 teens killed in New Mexico, attacker dead

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2017

The vigil ended with the singing of "Amazing Grace", which started with just a few voices and grew to include the entire crowd, its verses rising loudly into the cold night.

Hundreds of friends and family members braved frigid temperatures to gather at a park in the community of Aztec to honor the two students. "So he kept that locked", Parker said. With the school in lockdown, they got inside through a window and a door. She didn't provide more details. No one else was injured, the sheriff's office said.

"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.

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

Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern USA state of New Mexico, police said, adding that the assailant was dead.

In the small community of Aztec, anxious parents rushed to city hall to meet their children.

State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting.

Navajo Times | Ravonelle YazzieA San Juan County Sheriff patrols one of the entrances at Aztec High School Thursday afternoon in Aztec N.M
Navajo Times | Ravonelle YazzieA San Juan County Sheriff patrols one of the entrances at Aztec High School Thursday afternoon in Aztec N.M

The shooting took place a week before the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the deadliest school shooting in USA history.

The suspect was male, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christensen told a news conference, but neither his name nor the names of the two students killed was released.

Gov. Susana Martinez called the shooting a heinous and horrific act and told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths.

Authorities checked each room and building at the school before the students were bused to another location where they were reunited with their parents. "They are in our thoughts and prayers", state police said in a statement on social media.

Authorities are responding to a shooting at a high school in northwest New Mexico. No other injuries were reported, officials said.

Sophomore Baily Ramirez described the moment a normal Thursday morning at school turned into a nightmare. Other schools in the area were also locked down, and authorities were setting up staging areas where parents could gather and wait for more information.

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