School was first tar­get for Clo­vis shooter

Jou­ett went to li­brary be­cause he was an­gry

Albuquerque Journal - - FRONT PAGE - BY ELISE KAPLAN

CLO­VIS — When de­tec­tives asked 16-year-old Nathaniel Jou­ett why he shot six peo­ple on Mon­day, killing two li­brar­i­ans, he told them he was mad and had been for months.

And he said he had been think­ing of shoot­ing up the school, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed in the 9th Ju­di­cial District Court in Clo­vis.

Jou­ett was charged Wed­nes­day with two counts of mur­der, four counts of as­sault with the in­tent of com­mit­ting a vi­o­lent felony, four counts of ag­gra­vated bat­tery and child abuse.

He is ac­cused of tak­ing two hand­guns from his fa­ther’s safe, walk­ing into the Clo­vis-Carver Pub­lic Li­brary on Mon­day af­ter­noon and shoot­ing six peo­ple, in­clud­ing a child.

“Jou­ett stated he had planned this for a while and wanted to shoot the school up, and kill him­self,” a Clo­vis po­lice sergeant wrote in a search war­rant af­fi­davit. “He stated he ended up at the li­brary

be­cause he was an­gry and was ei­ther go­ing to kill him­self or shoot a bunch of peo­ple.”

He said he didn’t know any­one at the li­brary.

Jou­ett’s pas­tor told the Jour­nal on Tues­day the high school sopho­more had been sus­pended from school for fight­ing on Fri­day. School district of­fi­cials said they could not re­lease any in­for­ma­tion, cit­ing stu­dent pri­vacy laws, and wouldn’t com­ment for this ar­ti­cle.

They did pub­lish a state­ment say­ing there have been many sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing about the shoot­ing and the po­lice have been fol­low­ing all of those leads.

“Our goal is to pro­ceed with school as nor­mally as pos­si­ble,” the state­ment said. “Ad­di­tion­ally, we want to as­sure par­ents and community mem­bers that stu­dent safety and men­tal well-be­ing is first and fore­most.”

When of­fi­cers searched the home of Jou­ett’s fa­ther, less than a mile from the li­brary, they found sev­eral more guns, in­clud­ing an AR-15 ri­fle, and hun­dreds of rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant.

They also found sui­cide notes in Jou­ett’s bed­room.

Around 4:30 p.m. Mon­day, Chris Jou­ett, Nathaniel’s fa­ther, called po­lice to say his son had taken guns from the home and was miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. It was too late. Of­fi­cers had al­ready been called with a re­port of an ac­tive shooter at the li­brary 15 min­utes ear­lier.

An af­fi­davit re­ports that when de­tec­tives en­tered the li­brary, Jou­ett said, “Here I am.”

They said the youth was stand­ing next to the in­for­ma­tion desk, hold­ing his hands above his head with a hand­gun on the shelf next to him.

Cir­cu­la­tion as­sis­tant Wanda Wal­ters, 61, and Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48, a youth ser­vices li­brar­ian, had been shot and killed.

Another li­brary em­ployee, Jes­sica Thron, 30, was se­verely in­jured. Noah Molina, 10, was shot in the hand and his sis­ter, 20-year-old Alexis Molina, was se­ri­ously in­jured, as was 53-yearold Howard Jones, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The in­jured are all be­ing treated at Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lub­bock, Texas.

Dur­ing his in­ter­view with de­tec­tives, Jou­ett was re­ported as say­ing, “I went to the li­brary. I shot some­one.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit, he told de­tec­tives he had been “kind of mad” for a while since get­ting kicked out of school last year.

It’s un­clear when Jou­ett was “kicked out” of school and when he re­turned.

“Ac­cord­ing to Nathan, every­one hates him and no one likes him,” a de­tec­tive wrote in the ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit. He is re­ferred to as “Nathan” in the doc­u­ments. “He said he was a born-again Chris­tian for about a month, but he has been think­ing about this for a long time.”

De­tec­tives said Jou­ett told them he had planned to ei­ther kill him­self or kill a lot of other peo­ple.

But, he said, “I didn’t think I would do it.”

Jou­ett said he knew how to shoot be­cause he and his fa­ther go shoot­ing and had a hunt­ing trip planned for Oc­to­ber.

He told de­tec­tives he took the guns, went to the li­brary, used the re­stroom, and then went out and started shoot­ing. He said he didn’t aim at any­one in par­tic­u­lar.

Jou­ett said he knew it was wrong, but he had been hav­ing bad thoughts for a while.

“He didn’t tell any­one these thoughts be­cause they have their own prob­lems,” the de­tec­tive wrote in the af­fi­davit. “He couldn’t say these things to his fam­ily, his girl­friend, or his friends from church.”

As po­lice were es­cort­ing Jou­ett out through the li­brary, he saw a woman ly­ing on the ground, with­out any­one around help­ing her, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The sergeant told him to think about it.

“Sergeant Munoz asked him what he thought would hap­pen,” the de­tec­tive wrote in the af­fi­davit. “Nathan said ‘I feel aw­ful. I don’t like hurt­ing peo­ple.’”


Of­fi­cers ar­rest Nathaniel Jou­ett, 16, af­ter a shoot­ing at the Clo­visCarver Public Li­brary on Mon­day.


Danielle Bell, a se­cu­rity guard at Clo­vis High School, puts flow­ers at a memo­rial for the vic­tims of Mon­day’s mass shoot­ing at the Clo­vis-Carver Public Li­brary.

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