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3 dead, 6 injured in shooting in New Mexico: Police


Three people were killed and six others wounded, including two officers, after a suspect opened fire in Farmington, New Mexico, before officers shot and killed the alleged gunman, police said Monday.

The suspect, who police said was 18, fired at least three different weapons, including an AR-style rifle, Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said in a video message Monday evening. The motive is under investigation, but the shooting appears to be random, the police chief said. The suspect did not target a school, church or individuals, Hebbe said.

The Farmington Police Department said that at 10:57 a.m., the unidentified 18-year-old suspect opened fire near Dustin Avenue and Ute Street.

When officers arrived, they found a “chaotic scene” where the suspect was shooting into the neighborhood, Farmington Police Department Deputy Chief Baric Crum said earlier Monday.

The suspect “roamed” through the neighborhood up to a quarter mile, randomly shooting “at whatever popped into his head to shoot at,” Hebbe said, shooting at least six houses and three cars.

Four officers engaged the suspect in a firefight, and the suspect was killed, according to Crum.

The two officers who were injured, one from the Farmington Police Department and one from the New Mexico State Police, were taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center and listed in stable condition, police said.

The Farmington officer was treated and released; the state police trooper remains in the hospital and is doing well, Hebbe said.

The investigation is ongoing, Crum said.

“We are actively looking at several blocks of this crime scene to determine what exactly happened,” the deputy chief said.

The Farmington Police Department, New Mexico State Police and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene and are still investigating.

The Farmington Municipal School District posted an alert on its Facebook page that Apache and McKinley elementary schools, Central Kitchen and the CATE Center were under lockdown until further notice. Officials said all children and staff were safe.

At 1:05 p.m. local time, the lockdown was lifted and students were scheduled to be released, according to the school district.

Farmington is located in northern New Mexico, about 15 miles south of the Colorado border.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted that she was monitoring the situation and expressing sympathy for the victims.

“My administration will not stop fighting the epidemic of gun violence from every angle possible,” she wrote.

ABC News’ Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

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