Two Students and Suspect Dead in Shooting Near Navajo Nation in New Mexico

Dec 7, 2017

A shooting Thursday morning at a high school in a northwestern New Mexico has left three dead and several others wounded. It took place in a town bordering the vast Navajo Nation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Police respond to the shooting Thursday morning at Aztec High School in Aztec, N.M., bordering the Navajo Nation.
Credit Samantha Gurule/KRQE

New Mexico State Police have confirmed at least two students are among the dead, along with the suspect, in Aztec, New Mexico. Authorities haven’t released further information about the victims or the shooter.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies cleared the buildings at Aztec High and took students to another location. The shooting also prompted precautionary lock downs of other area schools. No word yet on a motive.

State and federal authorities are investigating. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called it a tragedy and offered his condolences.