Substitute teacher barricaded door with couch to protect kids during deadly shooting

10 December, 2017, 05:22 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Substitute teacher barricaded door with couch to protect kids during deadly shooting

According to KRQE, the Farmington Police Department Victim Services, New Mexico State Crime Victims Reparation Commission, 11th Judicial District District Attorney's Office, New Mexico State Police, and New Mexico Attorney General's Office advocates are coordinating to assist families who have children and/or staff of Aztec High School during today's tragedy.

The town is about a three-hour drive from Albuquerque. Atchison fired some shots at students hiding in a supply closet, but no one else was injured.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters Friday Atchison was able to disguise himself as a student to gain entry to the school. The school, which has about 900 students, is near the Navajo Nation.

She didn't have a key to lock the door so she put all of the students in a storage area and the barricaded the door with a couch, authorities said. He entered the school as a student, although he himself was a former student.

Aztec High School, about 180 miles north of Albuqurque, N.M., is located in the Four Corners region of the state near the Navajo Nation.

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"He had no chance to survive the encounter", Kassetas said about Fernandez.

"She'd love to see everybody here", Marquez's grandfather said.

Police said the two victims were not specific targets. Hill heard the shots and followed Atchison, screaming at him and at teachers that there was an active shooter on site. A law enforcement source told ABC News that officers found the suspected gunman dead, a gun and multiple loaded magazines near him.

"If things go according to plan today, today would be when I die", the document said.

Police have not released the shooter's identity, but they say he is a man.

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"I just can't believe this happened in our community", said Garrett's mother, Sabrina Montoya.

A girl identified as Kendal Sanders, 13, underwent surgery related to her shoulder Tuesday and her condition was upgraded to stable, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said at a press conference.

"There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were awesome... that actually saved lives", Governor Martinez said.

US Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, said he was distraught to learn of the shooting and called for action to address the "epidemic of gun violence" in America.

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