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Three dead after shooting at high school in Aztec, New Mexico

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen confirmed that three people are dead after a shooting at Aztec High School, in Aztec, New Mexico on Thursday. The city of Aztec is located in the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico.

"It's tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed," Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in a press release.

Authorities said they cleared the buildings at the school and students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.

On Facebook, law enforcement officials asked people to “avoid the area” while authorities secured the scene.

“Aztec High School is locked down and being evacuated. Please avoid the area. Parents can stage at 516 and Mesa Verde near the church to pick up their kids. We will update this as we learn more,” the post said.

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez and Aztec Police Chief Mike Heal were among the officials that spoke at a press conference Thursday following a shooting at Aztec High School that left two students and the suspect dead.

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