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Three dead, 12+ injured at New Mexico high school shooting, sheriff says

San Juan County Police (Screen Shot/policecararchives.org)
December 07, 2017

This is a breaking news story, please check back for updates.

Three people are believed to be dead following a shooting in a New Mexico high school.

The shooter is also believed to be dead, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters, CBS reported, but it was unclear if the shooter is among those who are dead.

The Associated Press also reported Thursday that authorities said three people are dead.

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The shooting took place at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, on Thursday morning.

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The Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation had earlier reported that two people are dead and 15 others injured.

The Navajo Nation Chief of Police Phillip Francisco said all area schools “are currently on preventative lockdown as a precautionary measure.”

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said Aztec High School is also locked down and being evacuated; residents are asked to avoid the area right now.

“It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways, especially on school campuses,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. “Our prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy and everyone throughout San Juan County. We are asking for prayers for these families.”

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“These things are unpredictable. We do all that we can to protected our loved ones, our children and family,” Begaye added. “Again, we extend our condolences to the families of those who were harmed in today’s tragic incident.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Phoenix Field Division also responded to the shooting.