Disturbing news reaches us from New Mexico. A male suspect reportedly opened fire Monday afternoon inside a public library in the town of Clovis, leading to the loss of life of two.
Panic was widespread as officers swarmed the building with their guns drawn.
After a standoff with police, the gunman surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.
The Mayor of Clovis, Mr David Lansford was quick to point out the city’s police department for its response which in his view made sure no further bodily harm was caused beyond the sad loss of life already obtained: “This could’ve been much worse, but because of their training and their expertise and their courage, it was kept at a minimum.”
Police Chief Douglas Ford “This is a very young stage of this investigation, so we’re not going to have a whole lot more we can tell you until we’ve had time to finish gathering details and data and look at everything we need to look at.”
Police forces were still processing the crime scene in order to piece together what exactly had happened. and could not immediately say what kind of gun was used by the suspect.
Ford did confirm that the gunman did not exchange fire with security forces and surrendered as soon as he was presented with a larger force surrounding him. He did not resist arrest, the chief said.
It’s unclear how many were inside the library at the time of the incident, although it would appear from first reports that many were children.
Clearly in an emotional state, a firsthand witness, Miss Vanessa Aguirre told our colleagues at the Eastern New Mexico News that: "This kind of thing never happens here."
Miss Aguirre was in the library with her son at the time.
Clovis is a city of some 40,000 residents, 200 miles east of Albuquerque, just near the Texas state line. The area is best known for being home to Cannon Air Force Base.