2 dead, 4 hospitalized in shooting at New Mexico library

August 29, 2017 - 9:30 AM
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Reuters file photo of a crime scene.

Two people were killed and four hospitalized Monday after a shooting at a library in the small city of Clovis, New Mexico, the city’s fire chief said.

One person was arrested in the incident, Fire Chief Michael Nolen said.

Library patron Vanessa Aguirre said she was in the Clovis-Carter Public Library with her son when a man came in and “started to shoot” into the air, around 4.00 pm (6.00 pm ET), The Eastern New Mexico News reported. “It all happened so fast,” she told the newspaper. “We took off fast. My purse is still in there.”

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.

At least one victim was taken to Clovis Municipal Airport for transport to Lubbock, Texas via air ambulance, the Eastern New Mexico News reported.

Officials at the library could not be reached to comment.

Clovis, which has a population of about 40,000, is around 190 miles (306 km) east of Albuquerque near the Texas border and is home to Cannon Air Force Base.

City officials said they planned a news conference for 8 pm to release more details.