16-Year-Old Shoots Up New Mexico Library, Faces Murder Charges

A sixteen year old was arrested and now faces first degree murder charges after the high school student went on a shooting rampaged, killing two library employees, and wounding four more.

Nathaniel Jouett armed himself with two handguns and entered a New Mexico public library, where he began shooting.

Washington Post reports:

[He] killed two library employees: Wanda Walters, 61, and Kristina Carter, 48. Officials identified the wounded as Howard Jones, 53, Jessica Thron, 30, Alexis Molina, 20, and Noah Molina, 10.

All four remain hospitalized, with Thron and Alexis Molina the most seriously injured, officials said.

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Jouett is being held in a juvenile detention center. During a news conference Tuesday, District Attorney Andrea Reeb said she will seek to prosecute him as an adult.

In addition to the two murder charges, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, Jouett faces four counts of assault with intent to commit violent felonies, four counts of aggravated battery with deadly weapon, and one count of child abuse, officials said.

The authorities have not disclosed a motive, although Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ford confirmed reports that Jouett was suspended from school Friday for fighting with other students. As part of their investigation, police are trying to determine whether the teen told others he was planning the attack, Ford said.

Officials are still unclear on how he chose his victims, or if it was just random. It’s unclear how the shooter chose his victims.

Witness Lisa Baird said that she saw a “young man” with a firearm start shooting the ground and screamed, “Run! Why aren’t you running? I’m shooting at you! Run!”

Baird said she ran to hide and “tried to squish up as small as possible,” she continued, “Then I heard his pants ‘shooshing’ as he approached the end of the reference desk,”

Baird added, “I heard a sound like a phone or something being put on the reference counter at the end of the desk, about four feet from my head.”

Sam Nathavong told KRQE News 13 that the shooter fired four or five rounds before approaching him.

“He just started unloading, pretty much the whole clip,” Nathavong told the news station. “I just kept my head down. I threw the table against the door to barricade myself in there. I thought he was coming my way but by then the cops got there.”

Surprisingly he did not shoot at, nor resist police when they arrived.

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