Newspaper report reveals more info on Aztec High shooter | KOB 4

Newspaper report reveals more info on Aztec High shooter

Meg Hilling
April 18, 2018 08:00 PM

AZTEC, N.M. – New information on the Aztec High School shooter includes communications with shooters in Germany and online mass shootings practices, according to the Farmington Daily Times.


The San Juan County Sheriff's Office told the paper the shooter, William Atchison, reached out to the man in Germany who recently opened deadly fire in a mall in 2016. The investigation also revealed the shooter practiced his attack in an online video game.

KOB reached out to the sheriff's office for comment on the Daily-Times story, but sheriff's office is backtracking on the article. A statement from the office reads, in part:

"The San Juan County Sheriff’s office, along with other law enforcement agencies, has begun wrapping up the investigation into the Aztec High School shooting. While there is a handful of theories as to why the shooter committed such a cowardice act, the only factual conclusion that our office has determined is that the shooter had serious issues and was hell-bent on mass casualties for his own personal notoriety. Out of respect for the families of the victims and the city of Aztec, the San Juan County Sheriff’s office will no longer be making comments about this investigation at this time."

FBI officials questioned the shooter about suspicious comments made on an online gaming system. But they closed the case when they determined no crime had been committed or any specific threats made.

KOB went to the shooter's home Wednesday. His family said the family had no comment.


Meg Hilling

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