Two women were killed and four other people were injured when gunfire erupted inside a New Mexico public library on Monday, but a young male suspect was captured fairly quickly by police officers who swarmed the building with guns drawn.
Police Chief Doug Ford said the gunman was taken into custody, but he had no idea what provoked the violence and said no charges have been filed yet, but the chief said warrants were being prepared.
Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said three of the injured victims were taken to a hospital across the state line in Lubbock, Texas during a news conference held by municipal officials and law enforcement officers.
“We still don’t know all the details,” City Commissioner Juan Garza told The Associated Press. “What we’ve been telling people is to keep on praying for the families affected by this tragedy.”
Clovis Mayor David Lansford called the shooting tragic and senseless.
The four people who were injured were two men and two women. Their conditions were not immediately known. The names of the gunman and the victims were not immediately released.
Police were not releasing the suspect’s name or his age, and they have not indicated a motive, saying the suspect is in custody but they still need to talk to him.
The Clovis Police Department posted a statement that said: On Monday, August 28th, 2017, at about 4:13 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 701 North Main Street, The Clovis Carver Public Library, for a mobile active shooter. On arrival, Officers contacted the suspected shooter who immediately surrendered. There have been fatalities at this incident and multiple injuries. The scene has been secured and the investigation into the incident is at its infancy.
The Major Crimes Unit, consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, and the Portales Police Department, was activated to investigate this incident. Area law enforcement agencies including the New Mexico State Police, Eastern New Mexico University Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are assisting.
“New Mexico’s thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their families, and the first responders on the ground,” said New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. “The Office of the Attorney General has offered our assistance to local law enforcement in Clovis and our victim service specialists are currently assisting the Office of the District Attorney.”
Following the incident, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico wrote on Twitter that he’s “heartbroken by the horrific events in Clovis.”
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