Two teens killed in United States school shooting, attacker dead

08 December, 2017, 13:07 | Author: Wade Massey
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A candlelight vigil honoring the victims was held at a local park Thursday evening. Authorities say it could be a few hours before the lockdowns are lifted.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the FBI and the state police are leading the investigation.

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

"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.

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

Officials from the Aztec Municipal School District said they could not comment at this time and had to leave their lines open for incoming calls about the shooting.

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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.

NMSP is now the lead investigating agency on the scene. They also were asking any students who might have seen something to call police.

The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation. The shooter also was dead and the close-knit community of 6,500 people was thrust into mourning as they became the latest to feel the sting of what seems to be a routine tragedy in the United States.

Authorities evacuated all the buildings in the school premises quickly after the incident.

After reports of shooting, Deputies with the sheriff's office and surrounding police departments responded to the school.

Across the state, at the Capitol in Santa Fe, members of the Legislative Finance Committee observed a moment of silence as word circulated of the school shooting. Other schools in the area were also locked down, and authorities were setting up staging areas where parents could gather and wait for more information.

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