Gun­man opens fire at school, kills 2 stu­dents

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation & World -

AZTEC, N.M. — 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 ended up dead.

Au­thor­i­ties and other of­fi­cials in the small town of Aztec near the Colorado bor­der have re­leased few de­tails other than to say the shooter and two vic­tims at­tended Aztec High School.

No other in­juries were re­ported, and it was not clear if the shooter died by sui­cide or was killed by po­lice.

Bryn Di­vine, a se­nior, said she was sit­ting at her desk in her his­tory class when she heard gun­shots erupt down the hall. At first, it sounded as if some­one was swing­ing a metal base­ball bat against the lock­ers.

Then she heard an an­nouncer over the school in­ter­com tell stu­dents: “This is not a drill.”

“I stayed in my desk, and I just prayed, ‘Please just let this be over as soon as pos­si­ble.’ That was my first re­ac­tion,” she said.

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. She didn’t pro­vide more de­tails.

Jon Aus­tria/the Daily Times

Po­lice es­corted buses mov­ing stu­dents and fac­ulty from Aztec High School af­ter a shoot­ing Thurs­day.

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