Two die in New Mex­ico li­brary shoot­ing

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CLOVIS, N.M. — (AP) — A shoot­ing inside a pub­lic li­brary that killed two peo­ple and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mex­ico com­mu­nity.

The gun­man sur­ren­dered af­ter the shoot­ing Mon­day and was taken into cus­tody without in­ci­dent af­ter po­lice en­tered the Clo­visCarver Pub­lic Li­brary, au­thor­i­ties and elected of­fi­cials with the city of Clovis said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence. War­rants for his ar­rest were be­ing pre­pared, but it’s wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear what charges he would face.

Clovis Mayor David Lans­ford said things could have been much worse had it not been for the quick re­sponse, train­ing and courage of po­lice. He called the shoot­ing tragic and sense­less.

“This is a big blow to our com­mu­nity,” he said. “Our com­mu­nity is a com­mu­nity that places a high value on life and the sanc­tity of life. And each life that lives in this com­mu­nity is pre­cious. So we’re all hurt­ing right now as a re­sult of what took place this af­ter­noon.”

Clovis, a city of about 40,000, is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line. The area is home to Can­non Air Force Base. The nearby com­mu­nity of Por­tales is home to Eastern New Mex­ico Univer­sity.

The in­jured in­cluded two men and two women, au­thor­i­ties said. Some were taken to a hos­pi­tal across the state line in Lub­bock, Texas. The ex­tent of their in­juries was not im­me­di­ately known.

One wo­man was seen be­ing helped into an am­bu­lance while a call for air am­bu­lances could be heard over po­lice ra­dio traf­fic.

The names of the vic­tims and the gun­man were not re­leased.

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