Two people have been killed and four others are injured after a gunman opened fire at a public library in the city of Clovis in eastern New Mexico, local officials say. Only few details were immediately available.
The incident began just after 4 p.m. on Monday when a man walked into the Clovis-Carver Public Library and opened fire, according to witnesses. It was not immediately known what was his motive or what may have led to the shooting.
Tom Phelps, the city’s interim city manager, confirmed in a brief email that two people had been killed in the shooting. Four others were injured, he said, though there was no immediate word on their conditions.
A photo from the scene showed one person – believed to be the shooter – being taken into custody near the library. He appeared to be a teenager, but there was no immediate word on his age or identity.
A large number of emergency services, including heavily-armed police officers and air ambulances, responded to the reports of an active shooter. Clovis, a town of nearly 40,000 people, is located in eastern New Mexico, close to the border with Texas.
“My prayers are with the Clovis community and the loved ones of those senselessly killed and injured in this evening’s horrific event,” U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce said in a tweet.
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