Law enforcement officials are saying that at least three people, two of which were identified as students, have been killed after a shooting at a high school on Thursday morning. The shooter also reportedly died during the incident, and is included as one of the three total fatalities associated with the incident.
UPDATE 4:19 PM EST:
Initial reports stated that dozens were also injured in the attack. Officials have since clarified that no other injuries occurred and that the shooter, who has not been named, is among the three fatalities that were included in initial reports.
As reported by Fox News, the school, identified as Aztec High School, is located in the Four Corners region of New Mexico, near the Navajo Nation.
In a press release, Russell Begaye, the Navajo Nation president, stated, “It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways, especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed.”
Police state that the suspect has been identified and asserted that the shooter “is no longer with us.”
San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen informed reporters of the three fatalities and Copt. Bryce Current said that the families of the victims had been notified.
Additional details have not been released in regards to the identities of the dead and injured, as well as the identity of the gunman.
School staff members and students were being cleared from the school, and local law enforcement was searching the campus room by room after the school was initially placed on lockdown before being evacuated.
Staging areas were being created nearby so parents could gather and await further information.