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At least 2 people killed in a shooting at Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico.
At least 2 people killed in a shooting at Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico. (KVII)

Police have identified a suspect in the fatal New Mexico library shooting


Updated August 29, 2017 07:14 PM EDT

Authorities have identified a suspect in the fatal public library shooting in Clovis, New Mexico. Two people were killed and four others were seriously wounded during the shooting rampage.

The 16-year-old suspect, Nathaniel Jouett, faces two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of child abuse, Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ward said.

Authorities said it is still unclear how Jouett got access to the weapons. In addition, investigators said there's no evidence indicating Jouett knew any of the victims.

"Right now there are, of course, a lot of questions that we want answers to," Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters on Tuesday.

The two library workers killed in the shooting were identified as 61-year-old Wanda Walters and 48-year-old Kristina Carter.

One of the library's circulation assistants, 30-year-old Jessica Thron, was among the injured. Library patrons Noah Molina, 10, his 20-year-old sister Alexis Molina and 53-year-old Howard Jones were also injured. All three adults were in serious condition and the boy was in stable condition Tuesday at University Medical Center in Texas.

At least two people were killed and four were injured in a shooting Monday at Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico, Circa's affiliate KVII reports.

Three of the injured victims were taken to a hospital across the state line in Lubbock, Texas, Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps told The Eastern New Mexico News. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

City officials held a press conference at 10 p.m. ET.

One person -- the shooter -- has been taken into police custody. It is not yet known what provoked the violence.

Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Monday evening:

New Mexico’s thoughts and prayers tonight are with the victims, their families, and the first responders on the ground. The Office of the Attorney General has offered our assistance to local law enforcement in Clovis and our victim service specialists are currently assisting the Office of the District Attorney.

Clovis, which is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque and near the Texas state line, is home to Cannon Air Force Base.

According to The Eastern New Mexico News, police scanner traffic announced air ambulances were dispatched and first responders delivered some victims to Clovis Municipal Airportl; one report said a victim was hiding in a closet and seeking medical attention.

Vanessa Aguirre told The Eastern New Mexico News she was in the library with her son when a man entered and “started to shoot” into the air.

“It all happened so fast,” she said. “We took off fast. My purse is still in there.”

The shooter was still in the library when she left, Aguirre told The Eastern New Mexico News.

This Associated Press and Circa's affiliate KVII contributed to this report.

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