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Authorities said they had cleared all the buildings at Aztec High School, which has a student body of approximately 900, after the school was placed on lockdown and evacuated. Other schools in the area were also locked down.
Students were in the process of boarding buses in order to move to another location where they could be reunited with their families.
A crowd of nervous parents gathered at Aztec City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office and surrounding police departments responded early Thursday to the school after reports of a shooting. Federal agents and state police are investigating.
Aztec is a rural community of 6,500 people in the heart of northwestern New Mexico’s oil and gas country and near the Navajo Nation.
Its main street is lined by old brick buildings that date back more than a century.