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Three People Are Reportedly Dead After Shooting In New Mexico High School

A Thursday morning shooting at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico is rapidly making headlines, as multiple sources conflict on the identity and the number of victims shot dead, according to People

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office has confirmed the shooting at this time to People, but while it was initially believed that three students were shot dead in the shooting, the Albuquerque Journal reported at the time that San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen was not able to answer any additional questions, or if one of the three shot dead included the shooter. 

According to the Journal, a Facebook post was made around 9 a.m. by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department that the high school has been locked down and is being evacuated. No reports of any injured were made at the time. 

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department went live on Facebook about an hour ago, expressing that very limited information on the current situation could be released at this time. 


CNN reported during an update to an original post that Aztec Police Chief Mike Heal says two people and a shooter were shot. Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge confirmed that the shooter was shot down, CNN reported, and that there was no longer a threat to the community. The post has since then been updated twice, confirming the death of the shooter, although whether the shooter was a student or a visitor is still unknown. 

The New Mexico State Police Twitter account released an update that the suspected shooter is dead, along with two students. The account Tweeted soon after that all confirmed details of the shooting would be released on the account. 

Again, as this is a very rapidly developing story, and it’s important to be mindful of misinformation reported early on.

This story will be updated as more develops.

Amanda graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor's degree in both Communications and Public Relations. She also proudly served as the Editor in Chief of her college's Her Campus chapter, and as a Her Campus Editorial Intern. She is from Chicago, Illinois, which she can confirm is indeed a windy city. Today she can still be found furiously tapping away at her laptop keys and producing content for the internet. In her spare time she enjoys reading books (before watching their Netflix or movie adaptions), running for fun (yes, it can be fun) and spending time with her friends and family.
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