Two students killed in New Mexico school shooting

Two students killed in New Mexico school shooting

The shooting happened at Aztec High, a school with about 1,000 students near the Colorado border.

Martinez said terrified students hid in closets, classrooms, teachers' offices and under desks.

Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico on Thursday, police said, adding that the assailant was dead. No other injuries were reported, officials said.

The identities of the shooter and those killed were not released.

New Mexico State Police said no other injuries were reported, the school was evacuated, and families of the victims were notified.

Authorities planned to release more information Friday. "We could hear gunshots from right outside our door", he said.

Garrett Parker, a sophomore at the school, told Hearst news affiliate KOAT-TV that he initially thought the gunshots were other students banging on locker doors. Then it got louder and closer.

"Thankfully our teacher always locked his door".

Parker said he was in history class when the shooting started. "When they called over the intercom that it was not a drill, we went to the corner of the room out of sight from the door and just started hiding". She didn't provide more details. "Officers are now conducting security checks at the Aztec High School".

The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the campus and teens were taken to another location.

Aztec is a rural community of 6,500 people in the heart of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country and near the Navajo Nation. Its main street is lined by old brick buildings that date back more than a century.

Local, state and federal authorities said at a news conference that they had a lot of evidence to process and many interviews to conduct.