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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at New Mexico library
August 30,2017   By:Xinhua

August 30, 2017 -- A man gave himself in after shooting two people dead and injuring four others at a library in the southwest U.S. state of New Mexico.

Police Chief Douglas Ford said officers responded to the incident around 4:00 p.m. local time (2300 GMT), went into the library, and contacted the lone suspected shooter, who "gave up" on himself. The officers were neither shot at nor discharged weapons.

David Lansford, mayor of Clovis, a city near the Texan border, said at a press conference streamed live on Facebook on what happened at the Clovis-Carver library was "a big blow to the community."

Noting that police are at an early stage of investigation, Ford declined to talk about possible motivation. The identity of the suspect, apparently a young male as seen in a surveillance video, was not released by the authorities. The identities of those killed and injured were also withheld.

However, The Eastern New Mexico News, a newspaper published in Clovis, identified the shooter as Nathaniel Jouett, a sophomore at Clovis High School.

Lisa Baird, who was talking with a library patron from her seat at the library's reference desk when she heard a loud bang, was quoted as telling the newspaper that she was maybe 20 feet, or 6 meters, from the young man who yelled at her: "Why aren't you running? I'm shooting at you! Run!"

From under a nearby desk, she could hear the man moving around and firing multiple shots, Baird said.

Also, family and friends reportedly identified Krissie Carter and Wanda Walters, both library employees, as victims.

The four injuries included two females and two males, Ford said, without elaborating their conditions.

The Clovis-Carver Public Library, where the shooting took place in the afternoon, put up a notice on its website later in the day, saying that due to the incident, the facility "will be closed until further notice."