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Students Killed In Shooting At New Mexico High School

Students Killed In Shooting At New Mexico High School

"The school has been evacuated", according to their Twitter feed.

Why the shooter chose Casey J. Marquez and Francisco I. Fernandez remained a mystery as detectives combed through evidence. A news conference was planned.

The police is still investigating the incident and encourages eyewitness to report to police.

"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.

Martinez told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. She didn't provide more details.

The governor described the day as hard and called the shooting a heinous and horrific act.

2 Students Killed In Shooting At New Mexico High School
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The Governor of New Mexico addressed the community of Aztec Thursday afternoon commending first responders for their bravery, calling the Chief of Police one of her heroes.

Authorities haven't identified the shooter or the victims.

They said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also assisting.

When the frightened students emerged Thursday from their hiding places at Aztec High School, they learned two of their classmates had been killed.

Sophomore Garrett Parker told Albuquerque television station KOAT that he was upstairs in history class when he heard what he initially thought was students banging on lockers.

As the noise got louder and closer, school officials warned over the intercom system that it wasn't a drill.

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"Thankfully our teacher always locks the door no matter what".

After the shooting began, the school was placed on lockdown, and police swept through the buildings, clearing them one by one.

Specific details of the shooting were not immediately known, and officials did not indicate whether the attack occurred inside or outside the school.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the FBI and the state police are leading the investigation. Students were taken to another location.

The police department in nearby Bloomfield locked down school buildings as a precaution, according to the departments Facebook page. Authorities say it could be a few hours before the lockdowns are lifted.

KOB-TV reported that the alleged shooter is also dead, but said it was unclear whether the shooter was included in the reported fatalities.

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The city of Aztec is the county seat of San Juan County in northwest New Mexico in the Four Corners area. No other injuries were reported, officials said. He did not say whether anyone had been injured or killed.

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