In a mass shooting that took place in a community in northern New Mexico, at least four people are dead, including the shooter.
The shooter was engaged and murdered right there, according to the Farmington Police Department. The accused was a teenager.
According to reports, the attacker shot three victims dead and several others injured.
According to the San Juan Medical Center, seven people with injuries related to the incident were seen there on Monday. One from the Farmington Police Department and one from the New Mexico State Police were among those two. At the hospital, both were classified as stable.
At this time, it is unknown how the other injured individuals are doing.
#UPDATE on the Farmington shooting. Police say the shooter was 18-years-old. 4 people are dead including the shooter. The hospital says 7 people including 2 police officers are being treated for injuries.
— Spencer Schacht (@spencerschacht) May 15, 2023
The shootings, according to police, took place early on Monday morning along N Dustin Avenue between Apache and Ute Street. Numerous people contacted 911 during the morning to report hearing gunshots.
Farmington Deputy Police Chief Baric Crum did not name the shooter during a press conference. He was young and heavily armed, according to police.
According to Farmington police, there is no longer a threat and they don’t think a second suspect is involved.
Around 11:15 a.m. on Monday, all Farmington Municipal Schools were placed on preventative lockdown at the request of the Farmington police. That entire list of lockdowns has been lifted.
Farmington Mayor Nate Duckett issued the following statement:
“Today, our community experienced a horrific tragedy that claimed the lives of three innocent citizens and injured several others. It is with profound sorrow that I acknowledge a shooting that occurred in our midst, an act of violence that has left us reeling in anguish and disbelief. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this incomprehensible time of pain and loss.
Two officers were also shot while responding to the call, receiving non-life-threatening injuries. Our prayers are with the officers and their families as they recover.
I want to commend all area law enforcement who responded swiftly when the call came out, including Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Bloomfield Police and other neighboring jurisdictions.
Countless lives were saved because of their timely response.
I extend my gratitude to our area’s first responders and the staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center for their outstanding care of the injured.
Thank you to the citizens who called dispatch to report they heard shots fired.I encourage the public to remember if you see something/hear something, say something. We must continue to work together to keep our community safe.
Calls of support have come in from our delegation in Washington DC, the White House, the Navajo Nation, mayors across our state, and countless others from around the country. We are a resilient community, a community that cares for each other. In the face of adversity, we must stand together, comfort one another, and make a determined effort to heal these wounds so we can emerge stronger and not allow this act of violence to define us.”
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:
“I am receiving frequent updates on the situation in Farmington as it evolves. I am grateful to law enforcement for their quick response and that there does not appear to be any ongoing threat to public safety. I have directed the state to provide whatever support the city and county need as they conduct a thorough investigation and as the community begins to heal.
I am praying for the families of the victims, the wounded and the entire community of Farmington following this horrific tragedy.
Although details continue to emerge about this incident, this serves as yet another reminder of how gun violence destroys lives in our state and our country every single day. This administration will not stop fighting the epidemic of gun violence from every angle possible.”
Senator Steven Neville (R-Aztec) and Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington) issued the following statement:
“We are deeply distraught and disturbed that violence of this kind would strike our community. We mourn the loss of our neighbors and friends who had their life cut short. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Farmington Police officers who stood up to this individual and put an end to the carnage. We pray for a speedy recovery for our officers shot in the line of duty and for the families who grieve the loss of a loved one tonight.”
Today, gun violence took the lives of our elders, wounded two police officers, and paralyzed Farmington’s small community in fear.
I praise the heroes who drove to danger to stop the violence. I pray for the quick recovery of the wounded and for the families of those we lost.
— Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (@RepTeresaLF) May 15, 2023
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