A 16-year old high school sophomore has been identified as the shooter at a public library in New Mexico in which he killed two women and injured four people.
On Tuesday, the Eastern New Mexico News reported that Nathaniel Jouett is accused of walking into Clovis public library around 4pm local time on Monday and opening fire on terrified readers.
Two women were found dead inside the library while two men and two other women were injured.
It’s not yet clear why the teen went on his rampage. Pastor David Stevens spoke about Jouett, because the teen had recently started dating his daughter. Stevens said that Jouett had recently started to go to church but left a service on Sunday due to an “anxiety attack”.
He talked to the Eastern New Mexico News and said that Jouett had recently thought about suicide but was “turning his life around”.
Sam Nathavong told CNN affiliate KRQE that he was in a room studying when he heard shots being fired.
“He just started unloading pretty much the whole clip,” he said. “I threw the table against the door and I barricaded myself in there. I thought he was coming my way and by then the cops got there.”
Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ford said at a news conference that three of those injured were airlifted to hospital.
He also added that the gunman was arrested without firing any other shots.
“He gave up. He didn’t resist,” said Ford.
“We’re a strong community, a faith-based community. And I know we’re a community that will rise up and wrap their arms around those in need of care,” said Clovis Mayor David Lansford.
Names and ages of Jouett’s victims have not been released yet.