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3 dead in Aztec school shooting, 2 victims identified

10 December 2017

William Atchison shot dead Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco Fernandez at the Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, on Thursday (7 December).

A former Aztec school board member who went by the scene shortly after it unfolded and said this is absolutely unheard of in their small community.

Wade said the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Atchison and his family but it closed the case because the man did not have a gun and did not commit a crime.

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

Police have not disclosed the shooter's identity, however, they have confirmed that hes a man. Authorities also would not confirm whether or not the shooter was a student or if there was a motive.

"We heard shots and it wasn't very close and then it stopped for a little bit", student Briley Dills said. If either of these times are hard to attend, please feel free to call the Farmington Police Department victim advocates at 505-327-7701 or call the District Attorney's victim advocates at 505-599-9810 starting next week, as Thursday and Friday may be hard to answer calls due to assisting families.

Authorities today called Atchison a "coward" and said the shooting was a "planned event", which the suspect allegedly wrote out. He fired multiple rounds to the wall, but did not hit anyone.

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"If things go according to plan, today would be when I die", Atchison's note begins.

Substitute teacher Kathleen Potter had 16 students in a classroom with her at Aztec High School in Aztec, about 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque, when she heard the shooting, according to police.

The Mail Online reported that he had discussed what weapons might be used in a mass shooting, but FBI Special Agent Terry Wade said: "It was not a specific threat, it was not about Aztec, in particular".

I wait until the school buses are detected, then head on foot disguised as a student. One student, Garrett Parker, described the noise as lockers banging, but as the noise got louder, they realized it was gunshots. "I just want out of this s--".

"As a family and as a community this shook us to our core but we have to remember that as a community we can heal", Martinez said.

Here's what we know about Atchison and the shooting so far.

"This is a parent's biggest nightmare".

3 dead in Aztec school shooting, 2 victims identified