Two Students, Gunman, Killed In New Mexico School Shooting

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(AP) – Authorities say three people, including the suspect, are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school.

Police didn’t release details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people killed Thursday at Aztec High School were students.

The school was cordoned off as deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies cleared the buildings. Students were taken to another location.

Other schools in the area also were locked down as a precaution.

A student says he huddled in a locked classroom as a shooter opened fire and killed two classmates.

Sophomore Garrett Parker tells Albuquerque television station KOAT that he was upstairs in history class when he heard what he initially thought was students banging on lockers.

As the noise got louder and closer, school officials warned over the intercom system that it wasn’t a drill.

Parker says he’s thankful his teacher always locks the classroom door. He and other students moved to a corner of the room out of sight of the door and hid.

Authorities have released few details of the shooting in the small town of Aztec near the Four Corners region.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says several acts of bravery helped save lives.

Martinez told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. She did not provide any details.

The governor described the day as difficult and called the shooting a heinous and horrific act. She called for New Mexicans to unite and support the small community of Aztec.

Authorities have not identified the shooter or the victims. They also have not provided any details about what led to the shooting or how it unfolded.

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