New Mexico Shooter Was Interviewed by the FBI in 2016

Dec 8, 2017

Authorities continue to investigate yesterday’s shooting at a high school in northwestern New Mexico that left two students and the suspect dead. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the shooter was a former student at the school.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christensen (right) and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas at a press conference Friday.
Credit Ravonelle Yazzie/Navajo Times

According to police, the 21-year-old was able to blend in with students as they entered Aztec High Thursday morning. He apparently shot the victims at random before entering classrooms where students and staff were sheltered in place. Police responded in less than a minute, and the shooter then took his own life. No other injuries were reported.

A candlelight vigil was held in Aztec, N.M. Thursday night following the shooting.
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"This was a planned event. The gun he used was a Glock pistol that he purchased locally and legally," said San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christensen at a Friday press conference.

Investigators haven’t identified a motive, but say he intended to commit suicide. FBI agents interviewed the suspect last year after he made comments about mass shootings on an online gaming forum. That investigation was closed with no charges filed.