A macabre shooting at Clovis-Carver Library has reportedly caused the death of at least two people and injured four more. The incident happened Monday evening.
While calling the incident as tragic and senseless, Mayor David Lansford said “Two individuals have lost their lives and their families will not see them come home this evening”.
Both the people who lost their lives were reportedly women. Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford told the media that due to the seriousness of their wounds three victims of the shooting were airlifted to a Lubbock, Tex., hospital.
Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps told the media that said the shooter was taken into custody “without incident.” He said three of the victims were taken to Lubbock, but he did not know the extent of their injuries. Tom Phelps reportedly declined to name those killed out of concern some of their family members may not have been notified.
A woman who was in the library at the time of the shooting, Vanessa Aguirre, told the Eastern New Mexico News, “It all happened so fast. We took off fast. My purse is still in the there.” Aguirre added that she didn’t see if anyone had been shot. Aguirre believed the gunman was armed with a handgun.
Clovis is located in the Curry County, New Mexico, United States with a population of around 39,860. A largely agricultural community, closely bordering Texas, it is noted for its role in early rock music history and for nearby Cannon Air Force Base. After the discovery of several “Clovis culture” sites in eastern North America in the 1930s, the Clovis people came to be regarded as the first human inhabitants who created a widespread culture in the New World. Clovis people are considered to be the ancestors of most of the indigenous cultures of the Americas.