Two people were killed and four others injured when a gunfire broke out inside a public library, causing panic in the eastern New Mexico community as officers overran the building with their guns.
Authorities and elected officials in the city of Clovis said that the shooter had been detained and was being questioned, but there was no indication of the possible causes of violence.
Clovis city director Tom said three of the injured were taken to a hospital across the state line in Lubbock, Texas.
It was not known the size of their injuries.
A woman was seen riding in an ambulance while the air ambulance call could be heard over the police radio passing by.
City officials had set a date for a media briefing on Monday evening to publish more details.
“We still don’t know all the details,” said city commissioner Juan Garza. “What we have told people is to keep praying for the families affected by this tragedy.”
The city of Clovis, with a population of about 40,000, is located about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line. It is home to Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Portales community is home to Eastern New Mexico University.
Attorney General Hector Balderas, the state’s chief prosecutor, said his office has contacted the attorney general to provide any assistance.
“The thoughts and prayers of New Mexico tonight are with the victims, their families and the first responders on the ground,” Balderas said in a statement.
Sujung Hir, a 26-year-old cashier at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse overlooking the library garden, said the shooting left a feeling of fear and vulnerability.
“It’s kind of strange,” she said. “What if he enters our restaurant and starts shooting.”
Police cars and tactical officers crowded the streets outside as they arrived to work at the restaurant in the late afternoon.
“That kind of thing never happens here,” she said.
Vanessa Aguirre told a newspaper that she was in the library with her son when a man entered and started shooting in the air.
“It all happened very quickly,” she said. “We took off quickly.