Two people have been shot dead and four more injured in a shooting at a New Mexico library on Monday, officials said.
The shooting happened at the Clovis-Carver library in Clovis, New Mexico.
Clovis Fire Chief Michael Nolen confirmed that two people had died and four were hospitalized. He also said that one person was arrested in the incident.
Police surrounded the library several minutes after 4 pm Monday, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Police were seen escorting an unidentified man in handcuffs into a police cruiser. It has not been confirmed whether or not the man is the suspected shooter. Clovis Fire Chief Michael Nolen said that one man has been arrested for the shooting
Police spokesperson Captain Roman Romero confirmed around 4.40pm that multiple people were killed and injured in the shooting, but did not provide more details.
Officers were seen escorting an unidentified man in handcuffs into a police cruiser. It has not been confirmed whether or not the man is the suspected shooter.
However, interim Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps told the Amarillo Globe-News that ‘it’s my understanding they captured the shooter without incident’.
One witness told the Eastern New Mexico News that she was in the library with her son when a man came in and ‘started to shoot’ into the air.
The woman did not see anyone get shot, but the suspected shooter was still at the library when she left. She told the outlet she thought he was carrying a handgun.
Some victims were received at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, said Kerri Dufault, spokeswoman for Albuquerque based Presbyterian Healthcare Center, which operates the Clovis hospital.
Air ambulances were dispatched and at least one victim was taken to Clovis Municipal Airport to be transported to Lubbock, Texas, about 100 miles away.
According to the newspaper, one police scanner report said one victim was in a closet in the library and needed medical attention.
Kim Tipton, who was in a building across the street from the library, saw multiple police units arrive a few minutes after 4 pm and they had their rifles drawn.
‘New Mexico’s thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their families and the first responders on the ground,’ New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement, KFDA reported.
‘The Office of the Attorney General has offered our assistance to local law enforcement in Clovis and our victim service specialists are currently assisting the Office of the District Attorney.’
Clovis is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line. It has a population of about 40,000.
It is home to Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby community of Portales is home to Eastern New Mexico University.