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Police identify 16-year-old student who fired shot at Cleveland HS

KOB Web Staff
February 15, 2019 06:30 AM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Rio Rancho police are trying to figure out why a student fired a shot inside V. Sue Cleveland High School Thursday morning.


The student has been identified as 16-year-old Joshua Owen. 

He has been charged with attempt to commit a felony (Murder), unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and unlawful possession of a handgun by a person less than 19 years of age.

Following the shot, which didn't hit anyone, Owen was quickly located by officers in an arroyo near the school and taken into custody.

“It was extremely, uh, extremely scary," said Chief Stewart Steele of the Rio Rancho Police Department. "I can’t imagine being a student here and what they went through."

The weapon was found inside the school, but police would not say what type of gun was fired. However, KOB has obtained numerous pictures of a handgun that was purportedly fired.

Students and staff were evacuated from the building after a brief lockdown. 

Students with vehicles on campus were able to show ID and leave the campus in their vehicles, all other students and staff were bussed to the Santa Ana Star Event Center where parents and guardians were able to pick them up.

“We had a very good plan in place," said Rio Rancho Superintendent Sue Cleveland. "That plan was executed with precision. When people know what they’re supposed to do they do it well.”

Classes have been canceled for Friday. Students will return to school Tuesday, February 19.


KOB Web Staff

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