Police: Clovis shooter kills two library employees, wounds four others
August 30, 2017 05:44 AM
CLOVIS, N.M. -- The gunman in Monday's shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library claimed the lives of two librarians and injured four others, the Clovis police chief said Tuesday.
Police Chief Douglas Ford said during a news briefing at City Hall that the juvenile suspect, 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett, shot and killed 61-year-old Wanda Walters and 48-year-old Kristina "Krissie" Carter. Ford said officers arrested Jouett without incident after he surrendered.
Walters worked as a circulation assistant at the library, while Carter was a youth services librarian.
The shooter also left two women -- 20-year-old Alexis Molina and another 30-year-old woman -- in serious condition. Two others -- 10-year-old Noah Molina and 53-year-old Howard Jones -- are expected to recover. All four remain hospitalized in a Lubbock, Texas hospital.
University Medical Center Dr. Mike Ragain said Noah Molina could recover in four to six weeks, but the three others will take longer. All family and friends declined interviews, Ragain said.
"Anytime somebody survives a shooting, it's pretty dramatic," Ragain said.
Ford identified the fourth victim but doctors in Lubbock said she asked for privacy.
Clovis police charged Jouett with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of child abuse. Jouett will remain in a juvenile detention center, but prosecutors are expected to file a motion for adult sanctions against Jouett.
Mayor David Lansford said the State of New Mexico will pay for medical and funeral expenses through the state-funded victims' fund.
Also during the news conference, Gov. Susana Martinez expressed her gratitude to police for their response and ensuring that the loss of life was not higher than it was.
"These are our heroes," she said.
Martinez also acknowledged there are more questions in the investigation and asked New Mexicans for strength as Clovis overcomes Monday's horrific act. She said she requested state police and other state agencies to help the community.
The New Mexico State Library will be among those reaching out, State Librarian Kathleen Moeller, Peiffer said.
"The library community in New Mexico, and across the country, is reaching out to the Clovis-Carver Public Library today offering not only thoughts and prayers for those affected by yesterday’s tragedy, but also offering staff and monetary assistance," she said in a statement. "Libraries will continue to stand by Clovis-Carver Public Library’s side in the weeks and months ahead as the healing process continues."
Jim Neal, the president of the American Library Association, also released a statement offering support following:
We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico. We mourn those who were killed, and we offer our thoughts and prayers for the wounded, the families of the victims, and the community. ALA offers its full support to Clovis-Carver Public Library, the New Mexico Library Association, and the New Mexico State Library as they deal with this senseless violence. Unfortunately, we must all be prepared for violence in public places. While ALA encourages its members to work closely with local law enforcement and officials to prepare and train for violence prevention and response, we also provide resources to assist with this issue.
- Public Library Association Webinar on Violence Prevention in the Public Library
- Gun Violence and Libraries: Safety and Security for the Library Public from ALA Library Libguides
- Emergency Preparedness from the Public Library Association
- Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons
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Updated: August 30, 2017 05:44 AM
Created: August 29, 2017 01:40 PM
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