New Mexico police investigating shooting at public library

Associated Press
Published 7:59 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2017 | Updated 8:12 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. – New Mexico state police say there has been a shooting at a public library in the eastern New Mexico community Clovis.

Officer Carl Christiansen said Clovis police responded to the library this afternoon in response to a report of an active shooter. He could not immediately say whether there were any fatalities or injuries.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports that police scanner traffic reported air ambulances have been dispatched and at least one victim was taken to Clovis Municipal Airport for transport to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

Police scanner traffic indicated one victim was in a closet at the library and being treated, the news organization reported. 

A woman who said she was in the library with her won when the incident erupted told The Eastern New Mexico News that a man came in and “started to shoot” into the air.

“It happened so fast,” witness Vanessa Aguirre told the news organization . “We took off fast. My purse is still in there.”

Aguirre told The Eastern New Mexico News that the shooter was still in the library when she left.

Witness Kim Tipton told the news organization that she was across the street when she saw multiple police arrive at the library.

“Their guns were drawn, AK-whatever they were, they were drawn,” she told the news organization.

Clovis is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line.


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