New Mexico

2 women dead, 4 others injured shooting at Clovis Public Library

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say two women were killed in a shooting inside a public library in the eastern New Mexico community of Clovis.

City officials and law enforcement officers held a news conference late Monday to provide details about the violence that erupted inside the downtown building around 4 p.m. They say the four people who were injured include two men and two women. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The gunman is in custody, but Police Chief Doug Ford said investigators have not yet determined what prompted the shooting. No charges have been filed yet, but the chief said warrants were being prepared.

The names of the gunman and the victims were not immediately released.

Clovis Mayor David Lansford called the shooting tragic and senseless. He said it is big blow to the community and that Clovis is hurting. He asked for prayers for the victims.

City Manager Tom Phelps told The Eastern New Mexico News on Monday evening that three of the injured were taken to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Clovis, a city of about 40,000, is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the two people who were killed.

Vanessa Aguirre told the newspaper that she was in the library with her son when a man came in and started to shoot into the air.

"It all happened so fast," she said. "We took off fast. My purse is still in there."