3 dead in Aztec, New Mexico, high school shooting
Three people were fatally shot at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, on Thursday morning, according to police.
New Mexico State Police have confirmed two students and the suspected shooter are dead.
Lt. Randon Matthews of the nearby Bloomfield Police Department said “there are some injuries” at Aztec High School, but didn’t elaborate on the number or nature of those injuries.
He sought to correct rumors that students in Bloomfield schools were also targeted in the shooting.
“If your child goes to Bloomfield schools, including Blanco, they’re all safe. Nobody is injured in our schools,” he said.
Parents of Aztec High School students are being asked to pick up their children at a nearby park.
Bloomfield placed its schools on lockdown as a precautionary measure after news of the shooting in Aztec broke. The lockdown was lifted at 10 a.m. Per the Bloomfield Police Department, officers are stationed at all of the schools there.
In an interview with KOB4, an Aztec High School student identified as Bailey said classes had just started for the day when the shooting began.
“We were getting to class and saying the pledge and … we started hearing banging,” she said. “We thought, ‘Oh, they’re working on the air conditioning.’ It was actually gunshots.”
“My teacher locked us up in her closet and we stayed there for about an hour until the police came and got us,” she said.
The shocked teenager said the shooting doesn’t fit with her perceptions of the school.
“We’re a good school,” she said. “We have amazing teachers, awesome people that work with us. It’s really sad that this happened today.”
Flora Vista resident Sarah Murray told HuffPost her niece is in 10th grade at the school and was unharmed in the shooting.
“I was just sick to my stomach until I heard from my sister she was ok,” she said. “Now I’m just worried about other kids whose parents I am friends with.”
“We all know each other in San Juan County,” she added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.