Li­brary shoot­ing sus­pect ‘was mad’

The Day - - OPINION -

Clovis, N.M. (AP) — The teenager ac­cused of gun­ning down two em­ploy­ees in­side a New Mex­ico public li­brary this week and se­ri­ously wound­ing four oth­ers had planned to shoot up his high school but ended up go­ing to the li­brary in­stead, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed Wed­nes­day.

Nathaniel Jou­ett, 16, told po­lice he did not know why he picked the Clovis-Carver Public Li­brary and that he did not know any­one who was there, said the doc­u­ments filed in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing ram­page on Mon­day in the small com­mu­nity of Clovis.

But he told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he had wanted to tar­get his high school for a long time be­cause he was “mad at ev­ery­one since he got kicked out of school last year,” the doc­u­ments said. He also told them he felt like no one liked him.

Jou­ett was on a two-day sus­pen­sion from Clovis High School on Mon­day, the day of the shoot­ing. The teen’s pas­tor, David Stevens, has said that Jou­ett said he had fought back af­ter an­other boy hit him.

Jou­ett took two hand­guns from his fa­ther’s safe and walked to the li­brary Mon­day af­ter­noon, the court doc­u­ments said.

Wit­nesses have said it ap­peared the gun­man fired ran­domly as par­ents, chil­dren and oth­ers hid un­der ta­bles and be­hind closed doors.

Jou­ett, a sopho­more, faces nearly a dozen charges — in­clud­ing first-de­gree mur­der, child abuse, as­sault with in­tent to com­mit a vi­o­lent felony and ag­gra­vated bat­tery.

The As­so­ci­ated Press gen­er­ally does not iden­tify ju­ve­niles ac­cused of crimes. But it is iden­ti­fy­ing Jou­ett be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the crime and be­cause au­thor­i­ties said they plan to file a mo­tion re­quest­ing the case’s trans­fer from the ju­ve­nile sys­tem to adult court.

Jou­ett re­mained in cus­tody Wed­nes­day at a ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter pend­ing a hear­ing this af­ter­noon.

Jou­ett’s fa­ther called po­lice Mon­day to re­port that the guns had been taken from the safe and that his son was not home but the shoot­ing had al­ready hap­pened, the court doc­u­ments said.

The teen told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he had been think­ing “bad things” but did not want to tell his fam­ily, his girl­friend or friends at the Liv­ing Word Church of God church he had been at­tend­ing for the past three months, the doc­u­ments said.

Stevens, the youth’s pas­tor, said Jou­ett had been trou­bled but ap­peared to be turn­ing his life around, never missed a ser­vice and re­cently helped the con­gre­ga­tion raise money for a youth camp. Jou­ett and Stevens’ daugh­ter were dat­ing.

The two work­ers killed were cir­cu­la­tion as­sis­tant Wanda Wal­ters, 61, and youth ser­vices li­brar­ian Kristina Carter, 48.

An­other cir­cu­la­tion as­sis­tant, Jes­sica Thron, 30, was in­jured and au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the wounded li­brary pa­trons as 10-year-old Noah Molina, his 20-year-old sis­ter Alexis Molina and 53-year-old Howard Jones.

They were be­ing treated at Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Texas, across the state line from Clovis.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered Tuesday night to re­mem­ber the vic­tims as res­i­dents on Wed­nes­day con­tin­ued adding to makeshift memo­ri­als around the ru­ral com­mu­nity. More vig­ils were planned for Wed­nes­day and to­day.

TONY BULLOCKS/EAST­ERN NEW MEX­ICO NEWS VIA AP

Po­lice take a man into cus­tody af­ter a shoot­ing at a public li­brary in the east­ern New Mex­ico com­mu­nity of Clovis on Mon­day.

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