16-year-old in custody for New Mexico library shooting that left 2 dead, 4 wounded
By Jennifer Cruz
The suspect was immediately placed in police custody when responding officers arrived on the scene. (Photo: The Eastern New Mexico News)
Two people were killed, and four were injured when a 16-year-old boy opened fire inside a public library in Clovis, New Mexico, Monday afternoon.
Nathaniel Ray Jouett was placed in police custody without incident shortly after the deadly shooting rocked the small town located about 10 miles from the New Mexico-Texas border.
“This is a big blow to our community,” said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. “Our community places a high value on life and the sanctity of life, and each life that lives in this community is precious.”
The shooting unfolded shortly after 4 p.m. at the Clovis Carver Public Library. Police promptly responded to emergency calls and, upon their arrival, located Jouett, who immediately surrendered to authorities and did not otherwise resist, according to a press release from Clovis Police Department.
The department identified the deceased victims as 61-year-old Wanda Walters, a Circulation Assistant at the library, and 48-year-old Kristina “Krissie” Carter, a Youth Librarian. Injured in the attack were Jessica Thron, 30, also a Circulation Assistant at the library; Alexis Molina, 20; Noah Molina, 10; and Howard Jones, 53. Thron and Alexis