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Police discover suicide notes, access to guns in suspected shooter's home

Jen French
August 31, 2017 10:54 AM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- New details are emerging about the teen accused of shooting six people, killing two of them, at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Monday.

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Search warrants reveal that officers found several notes in 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett's bedroom in a shoebox underneath his bed. Some notes were in his desk or a tin can. A few detailed thoughts of suicide. 

Police also searched Nathaniel's notebooks, tablet, phone and other electronics in the family's home on North Oak Street. 

When police questioned the 16-year-old, he admitted he took two guns from his dad's gun safe. Detectives discovered shotguns, rifles, a .44 magnum, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition from the father's gun safe. Guns were also located in the father's closet and bedroom. 

According to Facebook, Nathaniel's father Chris Jouett is a hunter. Chris told officers that he wasn't home when Nathaniel allegedly took the guns. 

KOB-TV requested interviews from Nathaniel's father and stepmother, Nicole Jouett, twice this week. Most recently, a person in the home told crews that the family was not available for interviews. The family did release this statement on Wednesday:

As citizens of Clovis we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, these are our friends and neighbors and we are heartbroken right now for their loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.

As parents this is something you never expect, Nathaniel is a loving son to us, a wonderful brother to his siblings, and a caring member of our family.

As a family we are trying to process what has happened, we are saddened and heartbroken for everyone affected. At this time we would like to ask for space for our family and for our community to cope with this terrible tragedy. 

KOB-TV has also reached out to Nathaniel Jouett's biological mother, who is not the primary custodian, but have not heard back. 

The family has reportedly secured an attorney.

District Attorney Andrea Reeb has charged Nathaniel with two counts of first-degree murder as well as abuse of a child for shooting a 10-year-old. 

Nathaniel Jouett will have a juvenile court hearing Thursday afternoon. Reeb intends on filing a motion to try him in adult court. 

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