At least three people were killed and several others were injured, including two police officers, in a shooting Monday morning in Farmington, New Mexico, police said. An 18-year-old man is suspected of carrying out the attack “He was killed face to face and on the spot,” police said.
An officer with the Farmington Police Department and a New Mexico State Police officer were shot and listed in stable condition at a hospital, Farmington police said in a statement. Deputy Chief Barrick Crum told reporters that a total of nine people, including the slain suspect, were injured in the shooting.
Officers responding to the shooting found a “chaotic scene” with suspects “actively shooting” at about 11 a.m., Crum said.
A video posted on social media shows the suspect near a building with what appears to be a gun. An officer was heard saying over the police radio that the suspect was outside a church. Investigators are trying to determine the authenticity of the video, Crum told reporters.
Crum did not identify the suspect and said he did not know if the 18-year-old had any previous contact with police.
No other threats are known at this time, police said earlier. “At this point we do not believe there is a second suspect,” police said.
Schools across the city were placed on lockdown at the request of police, the Farmington school district said in an 11:15 a.m. message on its website. The lockdowns were lifted by afternoon.
“All students and staff are safe,” the school district said in a 12:40 p.m. update.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called the shooting a “terrible tragedy” and said she was praying for the families of the victims and grateful for the “quick response” of law enforcement.
“This serves as yet another reminder of how gun violence destroys lives in our state and our country every day,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “This administration will not stop fighting the epidemic of gun violence from every angle possible.”
Monday’s mass shooting was the latest in a series of deadly attacks in the United States in recent weeks. Eight in Texas has been killed Just a week ago in a mall shooting in Allen. There an officer shot and killed the assailant.
In Cleveland, Texas, a man was arrested earlier this month in connection with a late-night shooting and five people were charged with murder. was suspect taken into custody After a massive manhunt.