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School on LOCKDOWN: Police race to scene after shooting at high school

San Juan County Sheriff Department confirmed officers are responding to a shooting at Aztec High School in New Mexico.

It is unknown how many people have been injured or if anyone has died at this stage.

Parents were told to stay away from the school and have been given an alternative address to pick their children up.

Lt. Kyle Lincoln from the San Juan County Sheriff Department said police are still searching the school but the shooter is now in custody.

He also confirmed that there have been injuries, but he did not mention the number of people wounded or the severity of those injuries.

The Sheriff’s office posted on Facebook: “Aztec High School is locked down and being evacuated. Please avoid the area. Parents can stage at 516 and Mesa Verde near the church to pick up their kids. We will update this as we learn more.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting happened inside the school, who was suspected of firing the shots and what condition the wounded were in.

A statement from Bloomfield Police Department read: “We are aware that there is an active shooter at Aztec High School. 

“We do have officers located at all of the schools in Bloomfield and they are all on lock down. Parents are advised to please stay away from all of the schools until further notice. 

“Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.”

The nearby Bloomfield and Farmington High Schools are also on preventative lockdown. All students, faculty and staff are accounted for.

Farmington Municipal Schools wrote on Facebook: “We have no reason to think there is any threat in Farmington at this time, but we are taking this advance action in order to secure all of our schools. 

“Your students’ safety is our primary concern.”

Aztec is a community of 6,700 residents, located in rural northwestern New Mexico, about 180 miles from Albuquerque.

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