New Mexico

Police identify Clovis High School student allegedly involved in deadly library shooting

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have identified the suspected gunman who killed two people and seriously wounded four others inside a New Mexico public library as a 16-year-old Clovis High School student.

Police Chief Douglas Ford said Nathaniel Jouett will face 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.

The AP generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes but is identifying Jouett because of the seriousness of the crime and because authorities say they plan to charge him as an adult.

Ford says Jouett had two handguns and it was not immediately clear how he obtained the weapons. He did not know if Jouett knew any of the victims. Ford says it is still unclear what prompted the shooting.

A 10-year-old boy and his 20-year-old sister are among the four victims wounded. The four victims were transported Monday night from a hospital in Clovis to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, the region's only top-level trauma center.

Chief Medical Officer Mike Ragain provided details Tuesday about the victims' conditions. The siblings were identified by the hospital as Noah Molina and Alexis Molina. The boy is in stable condition, and his sister is in serious condition.

The other victims include 53-year-old Howard Jones and a woman whose name was not released. They are both in serious condition. Ragain declined to release any details about the injuries.

Living Word Church of God Pastor David Stevens told The Associated Press Tuesday Jouett had been attending his church in Clovis, New Mexico, for three and a half months and gave no indication he could be violent.

Stevens says the teen had been dating his daughter and appeared to be turning his life around. He says the teen had an anxiety attack on Sunday at church but returned for evening services.