Local officials issue statements on Roswell shooting

Updated: 01/14/2014 7:09 PM | Created: 01/14/2014 4:42 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

Several local public officials have issued statements on Tuesday's shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell.

U.S. Congressmen Steve Pearce issued a statement that reads: "The entire Roswell community is in my prayers on this sad day, especially the staff member who was injured, the two students who remain in the hospital, and their families.  With heavy hearts, New Mexicans across the state are already coming alongside those in Roswell to offer prayers, support, and help.  I would like to thank all our first responders, police, medical professionals, teachers, staff, and others who have handled this horrific situation with such courage and professionalism." 

U.S. Congressmen Ben Ray Lujan's statement reads: "This morning’s tragic shooting in Roswell has shaken a community and forever impacted the lives of the students, parents, and teachers who experienced this senseless violence. Around New Mexico, our hearts are heavy as we keep in our prayers the two young children who were shot. I thank the school’s staff and law enforcement for acting swiftly to ensure the safety of others at the school. During this difficult time for the entire Roswell community, my thoughts are with all those who have endured this terrible tragedy."

New Mexico's Speaker of the House Ken Martinez has issued the following statement: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the friends, the teachers, the administration and the first responders in the Roswell community. Today in a New Mexico school, the unthinkable happened. A 13-year-old student open fire on his fellow classmates. The quick thinking of a courageous teacher asking the student to drop the weapon saved many lives. I want to thank the teachers, the administration, and all the first responders who followed their training and courageously did their jobs."

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has issued this statement: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Roswell community who were affected by this morning's shooting at Berrendo Middle School. I commend our local law enforcement officers and emergency first responders who rushed to the scene to protect and aide those who were hurt. I've been briefed on this matter and my office has been in contact with the Roswell Police Department to offer any assistance as this investigation continues to develop."

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting today at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. The children, their families, and the entire school community are in my thoughts and prayers. I thank all of the school and emergency personnel who responded urgently to the situation. I talked briefly with the mayor and the sheriff today and conveyed my sympathies and told them I stand ready to help. New Mexicans come together in a tragedy, and we're all sending our support and prayers to the Roswell community today."

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement: "On this tragic day, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Roswell community, particularly the two hospitalized students, the injured staff member and the families of all those affected. I would like to thank the Berrendo Middle School staff and first responders who sprang into action to help the injured and prevent more senseless harm. It’s events like this that make us truly appreciate what’s important in life. I know I’ll be hugging my daughters a little tighter than usual when I see them next."

A 12-year-old boy is in state police custody after a shooting a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl at the school early Tuesday morning.

U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce

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