FARMINGTON, NM (AP) — At least three people are dead and several others were injured Monday after a shooting in Farmington, police said, and schools across the city were on lockdown.
“There are multiple civilian casualties,” Farmington police reported via Facebook, adding that one suspect was “confronted and killed at the scene.”
Two officers were shot, including a member of the city police and a member of the New Mexico state police, the report said. Both are said to be in stable condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center.
“The identity of the suspect is unknown and there are no other known threats at this time,” police said, adding that the city, San Juan County and state police were involved.
The shooting was reported shortly after 11 a.m. in the Brookside Park area, and all city schools were placed on what officials called “preventive lockdown.” Three nearby schools remained in emergency lockdown.
An official from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Mitchell, called the incident “an open and actively ongoing investigation.” Mitchell said she didn’t have any more information right away.
Federal agents from Phoenix were on their way to Farmington, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter.
Farmington is a city of nearly 50,000 people in northwestern New Mexico near the Four Corners region. It serves a modern trading post to the adjacent Navajo Nation and is a supply line and bedroom community for the region’s oil and natural gas industries.
In recent years, cafes and breweries have sprung up downtown alongside decades-old businesses trading Native American handicrafts, from silver jewelry to woven wool. Touring Broadway shows regularly stop at the community center’s sprawling auditorium, while rural suburban lots are littered with dismantled oilfield equipment.