New Mexico school shooting leaves 2 students, suspect dead

High school shooting leaves 2 students dead

High school shooting leaves 2 students dead

Authorities and other officials in the small town of Aztec near the Colorado border have released few details other than to say the shooter and the two victims all attended Aztec High School.

Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico on Thursday, police said, adding that the assailant was dead.

State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting and did not immediately release any details about the circumstances. A news conference was planned later Thursday.

As the noise got louder and closer, school officials issued a warning over the loud speaker.

The teacher had locked the door as he normally does and the students hid in a corner of the room.

The shooting took place a week before the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the deadliest school shooting in USA history.

The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the buildings and teens were taken to another location.

KOB-TV reported that the alleged shooter is also dead, but said it was unclear whether the shooter was included in the reported fatalities.

A crowd of nervous parents gathered outside City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.

Aztec is about 290 km northwest of Albuquerque, state capital of New Mexico. "They are in our thoughts and prayers", state police said in a statement on social media. Its main street is lined by old brick buildings that date back more than a century. "Too many lives have been disrupted and too many futures cut short", US Rep Ben Ray Lujan said in a tweet.