A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of USA investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.
A former Aztec school board member who went by the scene shortly after it unfolded and said this is absolutely unheard of in their small community.
Law enforcement said Friday it was "unlikely" that Atchison knew the victims ahead of time: "Wrong place, wrong time".
"He had no chance to survive the encounter", Kassetas said about Fernandez.
He fatally shot Francisco "Paco" Fernandez on the second floor before killing Casey Jordan-Marquez, then walked up and down the hallway firing indiscriminately into classrooms.
The shooter is also confirmed to be dead, according to via the San Juan County Sheriff's official Facebook account. Police had said Thursday Atchison was identified but was "no longer with us".
"She'd love to see everybody here", Marquez's grandfather said. He then allegedly fired multiple rounds through the hallway.
When Thomas Hill, a custodian, heard the shots, he saw the shooter and followed him and shouted at him authorities said.
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"It was very evident that he wanted law enforcement to find the thumb drive, it was found on his body", local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation told local reporters during a Friday press conference. They said he had attended the school.
"If things go according to plan today, today would be when I die", the document said. Police said the suspect disguised himself as a student and went into the school as buses were letting people in.
News 13 spoke to one student who says she listened to the sound of gunshots that got closer and closer to her classroom. "I just want out of this s**t".
"There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were unbelievable... that actually saved lives", Governor Martinez said.
"We are aware that there was a shooting at Aztec High School".
"This is a parent's biggest nightmare".
Advocates will meet with parents of the children and school staff members at the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office at 335 S. Miller Ave, Friday, December 8, 2017.