After a shooting on Monday morning in Farmington, at least four people were killed, including the suspect, and many more were injured. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by responding police officers.
The shooting occurred at 10:57 a.m. on N. Dustin near Ute Street. According to police in Farmington, an 18-year-old boy was “actively firing” at residents in the area. The suspect has not been named, although he is believed to be the only person responsible. A senior police officer issued a statement which you can also see in the video.
In a video update, Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe called the incident “horrific.”
Chief Hebbe reported at least three different weapons were used by the shooter, including an “AR-style rifle” often used in mass shootings which included at least six homes and three cars.
Police located the shooter in the 700 block of North Dustin Avenue, where they shot and killed him, Chief Hebbe said.
Two more wounded police officers are being treated at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, one from the Farmington Police Department and the other a state police officer. Elaborating further, Chief Hebbe also said that the state police officer had been freed as of Monday night and that the other officer was “doing well.”
Before decreasing that number to six on Monday, the authorities had first reported that nine persons, excluding the shooter, had been hurt. The conditions of the additional victims weren’t immediately known, and neither the suspect’s name nor that of the victims was made public by the authorities.
It was yet unknown why the shooting occurred. During a previous press conference, Deputy Chief Baric Crum stated that it was not immediately clear whether the suspect had a criminal background or why he was in the area. When asked if a video circulating on social media purporting to show the suspect being shot was authentic, the chief stated that investigators were investigating multiple blocks to decipher what had happened. He claimed it was unknown if the suspect had gone inside any residences.
This picture is taken from the incident scene, where a policeman comforts a scared woman.
The shooting rocked the 46,000-person city, located roughly 140 miles northwest of Albuquerque and close to the Navajo Nation territory. The city is a commercial hub for northwestern New Mexico and the adjacent oil-producing regions.
A candle march was organized in The hills church for the victims and their loved ones. By participating in this, you also protest against this incident with sadness.
“We are grateful today, and every day, to our caregivers who respond and stand ready to serve,” said Laura Werbner, the public relations coordinator for San Juan Regional Medical Center. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and all those who this tragedy has impacted.
In a statement, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said:
“I am deeply upset by the tragic violence that unfolded today in Farmington. I am praying for the families of the victims, the wounded and the entire community of Farmington following this horrific tragedy.
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) May 15, 2023
New Mexico’s congressional delegation released a statement saying they were “devastated” by the shooting and would keep pushing for government aid.
All Democratic lawmakers added, “Today is a painful reminder that we must do more” to curb gun violence, despite Congress’s passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act last year. As the statement goes, “We are committed to fighting for sensible gun safety measures that will keep New Mexicans safe.”
The Farmington Police Department, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and the New Mexico State Police are all investigating the shooting. According to the Phoenix field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, they also responded.
“At this time,” the police said, “there are no other known threats.”
The school district announced that a preventive lockdown was implemented at all Farmington Municipal Schools at 11 a.m. and was removed around two hours later.
Such heart-wrenching news has been coming in the past as well, which makes it necessary to stay here. Farmington police officers fatally shot an armed man after responding to a false domestic violence call last month.
A former Aztec High School student shot and killed two fellow students in 2017 before taking his own life.
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