Two Students Killed in NM High School Shooting

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Students hid in their classrooms, some behind locked doors or in closets, as a gunman opened fire Thursday in a New Mexico high school, killing two classmates before he died, the Associated Press reports. Authorities in the small town of Aztec near the Colorado border said victims Casey Marquez and Francisco Fernandez attended Aztec High School. The identity of the shooter, reportedly also a student at the school, was not immediately released. It was not clear if the shooter died by suicide or was killed by police.

Bryn Divine, a senior, was sitting at her desk in her history class when she heard gunshots erupt down the hall. Then she heard an announcer over the school intercom tell students: “This is not a drill.” Gov. Susana Martinez called the shooting a heinous and horrific act and said that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. Police responded to the school less than a minute after getting the initial calls, which came shortly after the start of the first period. With the school in lockdown, they got inside through a window and a door. Authorities checked each room and building at the school before the students were bused to another location, where they were reunited with their parents.

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