Aztec, NM – Three students are dead following a high school shooting in northwest New Mexico on Thursday morning, KDVR reported.
Police said at least another dozen people were injured in the nightmarish scene at Aztec High School.
A spokesman with San Juan County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that one unidentified shooter was “down,” but did not provide additional information, according to FOX News.
Police have not said if there are additional suspects in the shooting, according to KOAT.
Aztec High School has been put on lockdown, as have all surrounding area schools, authorities said.
The Aztec Police Department posted instructions to the school’s panicked parents on their Facebook page, initially telling them to go the police department for more information.
“Please DO NOT go to Aztec High School. The officers are up there clearing buildings and making sure all the students are kept safe until they can be moved,” it read.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has updated that information and said the official reunification area for parents picking up their kids will be at noon at McGee Park.
Many family members learned of the shooting from their loved ones trapped in the school.
Aztec High school is located in the Four Corners region, near the Navajo Nation, about 180 miles north of Albuquerque.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting happened inside the school, who was suspected of firing the shots, or what condition the wounded were in, FOX News reported.
City Hall had been opened up for use as another information gathering center, according to announcements made by the sheriff’s department to the media and concerned citizens.
The New Mexico State Police told KOAT they have taken over the investigation.
Police have not released the names of the the students who were killed and injured, nor have they released any information on the shooter. They have not said whether the shooter shot himself, or was neutralized by a third party.
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