Albuquerque center college scholar fatally shot; 1 scholar in custody – KIRO 7 Information Seattle

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A student was killed and another in custody Friday after a shooting in a middle school in New Mexico, authorities said.

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The boy, believed to be 13, was fatally shot and killed in Washington Middle School in Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The boy was taken to an area hospital where he died, said Deputy Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock of the Albuquerque Police Department told reporters.

The alleged gunman, believed to be around 13 years old, has been arrested, Hartsock said.

The names of the victims and the shooter were not published.

According to police, the shooting was an isolated incident that occurred around 12:45 p.m. MDT during the school’s lunch break, KRQE reported. The police said at the press conference that it was an isolated incident.

A witness at the crime scene told KOB-TV that six shots had been fired.

In a statement, the New Mexico Public Education Department called the shooting “a terrible day.”

“Today’s tragic event at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque means the terrible scourge of school violence has landed on our doorstep, the statement said. “Although many details are still unknown, we know that shots were fired, that a child is dead, and that someone is in custody. We can only imagine the terror students, teachers and staff felt as they took cover in a place where they should feel safe. We can only imagine the horror felt by families who rush to pick up their children and fear the worst. And the senseless and violent death of a child under our protection is indeed the worst.

“We share your grief and pain as we are again called to reflect on our failures – as adults and as a society – to protect and maintain the lives and health of our children.”

School officials said classes would be canceled on Monday.

Washington Middle School Update: Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on the Washington Middle School campus this afternoon. The campus is secured at this point. Due to the ongoing investigation, we ask parents to pick up their children as soon as possible.

– APS (@ABQschools) August 13, 2021

Claudia De La Cruz said she was at school to pick up her 13-year-old niece.

“It’s really hard that you just started school,” De La Cruz told the Journal. “I’m not afraid of COVID, I’m more afraid of all this violence and crime.”

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also issued a statement saying she was “horrified and heartbroken” at the shooting.

“We must continue to do everything in our power to fight the scourge of gun violence in our state,” said Grisham. “These tragedies should never happen. That they are doing it tells us that there is more to be done. My office has been and will remain in close contact with the county and local authorities while we await further details of the investigation. “

I am appalled and heartbroken at what is happening in Albuquerque today. My prayers are with the relatives of the victim and all those affected.

We must continue to do everything in our power to fight the scourge of gun violence in our state. My full statement:

– Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) August 13, 2021

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