Dispatchers remained calm during Aztec HS shooting
August 17, 2018 10:18 PM
AZTEC, N.M. – Authorities have released a trove of documents and audio files related to the Aztec High School shooting.
They paint a horrifying picture of what happened on December 7, 2017, when a gunman stormed the school, killed two students and himself.
But amidst the chaos, first responders remained calm.
“Can you tell me if there was an active shooter at Aztec high,” a caller asked.
“We have officers and medics on scene. I can't confirm that there's a shooter. If you're a parent please don't respond to the school. They'll announce a staging area soon,” the dispatcher responded.
As schools in the area went on lockdown, officers put themselves in harm’s way.
“Requesting a unit at all schools,” a dispatcher called out. “We're not going to have any other Aztec units available. If we can get someone from another agency.”
Parents were frantic, not knowing what was going on and dispatchers were tasked with trying to calm them down.
"Tell people what the hell's going on," a caller said.
Hours later, the community would learn Casey Jordan Marquez and Francisco Isaiah Fernandez were dead, along with the shooter.
Updated: August 17, 2018 10:18 PM
Created: August 17, 2018 09:12 PM
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