Teenager agrees to plead guilty to carrying out mass shooting at Clovis library | KOB 4

Teenager agrees to plead guilty to carrying out mass shooting at Clovis library

Joshua Panas
October 02, 2018 07:05 PM

CLOVIS, N.M.- Nathaniel Ray Jouett, 17, intends to plead guilty to all the charges stemming from a mass shooting at the Clovis Carver Public Libary in 2017, according to Andrea Reeb, the Ninth Judicial District Attorney.


Jouett, who was 16-years-old at the time of the shooting, is facing 30 counts related to the shooting, including two first degree murder charges.

“I am happy this defendant made the right decision to plead guilty to each and every count in the indictment.  We now look forward to moving into the sentencing aspect of this case and hopefully bringing some closure to the victims, their families, and the Clovis community,” district attorney Reeb said.

Librarians Wanda Walters and Kristina Carter were killed in the shooting, four others were injured, including a 10-year-old boy and his sister.

As soon as people heard about the shooting at the Library, many tried to help.

KOB spoke to a man in August 2017 who ran into the library because he knew his wife and son were inside.

Jouett was still shooting when that man came face-to-face with him.

"So he walks and he like laughs and smiles at me at the same time and he's like saying 'ya' so he walks up and pointed a gun to me, and he's maybe 5 feet from me, and he was telling me to put the effing phone down and he said it twice," the man said. "On the second time that he told me, I started to put it down and then when I put it down, I got on the floor cause he still had the gun on me and he tells me, you know, to get down."

Jouett was arrested shortly after that encounter.

People in the community took pictures of the arrest.

In fact, video was a major part of the investigation. Surveillance video shows Jouett walking to the library eight minutes before he started shooting.

In addition to the video, police say they found several letters in Jouett's bedroom, some of them hinting at suicide.

People who knew Jouett said he struggled with drug use, including meth.

Jouette also had a history of bad behavior at Clovis High School. He reportedly wanted to fight a classmate shortly before the shooting and he was suspended for an incident three days before he walked into the library and started firing two of his father's guns.

Last month marked one year since the shooting.

In true Clovis fashion, the community honored the victims. An oil painting of Walters and Carter now sits inside the library.


Joshua Panas

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