BREAKING NEWS: Three students dead in shooting at a New Mexico high school

Thursday, December 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Gunfire erupted at Aztec High School in New Mexico early Thursday morning
Officials say three students were dead, the gunman likely being among the deceased
Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President said in a press release that 15 others were injured in the shooting

7 December 2017

A shooting at a New Mexico high school this morning left at least three students dead, including the gunman, according to police.

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that the unnamed shooter was down but they did not release any additional information.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters at a morning press conference that three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School.

The school, which has about 1,000 students, is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

According to a statement from the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, 15 other people were injured in the shooting, which was first reported at around 8.30am local time.

‘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,” President Russell Begaye said. ‘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.’

Authorities say the school was placed on lockdown and evacuated. Other schools in the area were also locked down.

Officers who responded to the scene after reports of a shooting had cleared all the buildings at Aztec High.

The sheriff’s office announced on Facebook that school buses will be loading students and heading to McGee Park in Farmington, where parents will be able to pick up their children.

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