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Dozens of threats reported in Clovis; police say so far none are true

J.R. Oppenheim and Leonard Tapia
August 30, 2017 10:12 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- Two days after a fatal shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, authorities responded to that same location Wednesday afternoon after someone yelled: "He's got a gun." It was one of several reports law enforcement in that community has determined to be false, city officials say.

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According to the Clovis Police Department, a man was near the library when an SUV drove by and someone shouted the threat out the window. When police arrived, they questioned the man and did not find the gun.

Officers then began looking for the SUV. As of Wednesday night, it's not known if police tracked it down.

This incident comes as the Clovis community mourns the death of two library employees in Monday's shooting. Police say 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett opened fire and killed Krissie Carter and Wanda Walters. Four others were injured.

Following the Wednesday afternoon call at the library, the police department said it received bomb threats at businesses around Clovis. New Mexico State Police tell KOB there have been at least 30 threats throughout the city, but so far none have proven true.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports the threats were called in at Wal-Mart, North Plains Mall, Taco Box, Lowe's grocery store, Plains Regional Medical Center, Pizza Hut and Dollar General. Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps tells the newspaper no bomb was found in any of those reports.

Even though the threats thus far have been false, police advised the people of Clovis stay on high alert and remain indoors if they see police activity in their neighborhood.

"The citizens of this community are on edge with the recent events, as would be any community," Clovis Police Lt. Robbie Telles said. "We encourage citizens to report any unusual activity as the Clovis Police Department strives to keep our community safe."

Police have had K-9 units around the city and officers have been patrolling buildings where threats have been called in. Many businesses closed early, the hospital is on complete lockdown.

If you have any information who could have called in these threats, call police at (575) 769-1921.

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J.R. Oppenheim and Leonard Tapia

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