Police identify victims of school shooting

Police identify victims of school shooting

Students hid in their classrooms, some behind locked doors or in closets, as a gunman opened fire Thursday inside a New Mexico high school, killing two classmates before he died.

"One suspect shooter is deceased. The school has been evacuated", according to their Twitter feed.

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

"The families of the victims were notified immediately".

Federal agents and state police are helping to investigate the matter.

Gov. Susana Martinez called the shooting a heinous and horrific act and told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. They also haven't provided any details about what led to the shooting or how it unfolded.

He said deputies are still working the scene and he wasn't available to answer additional questions.

Aztec is about 290 km northwest of Albuquerque, state capital of New Mexico.

It was not clear if the shooter died by suicide or was killed by police.

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.

The shooting incident happened around 8 a.m. Thursday at Aztec High School in Aztec, officials said, and the students were in class at the time.

Schools in the nearby town of Bloomfield were also put on lockdown after the shooting in Aztec but that was lifted around 10 a.m. NMSP later said they had heard that other schools in the area were concerned about threats, but "There is NO evidence to support these rumors".

Authorities planned to release more information Friday.

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