Police in Clovis, New Mexico are trying to determine why the
suspect, who has not been identified, opened fire inside the
city's public library on Monday afternoon before he gave himself
up to police, Police Chief Douglas Ford told a news conference.
"We are in the infancy of this and we will have to gather
information and talk to him and find out if he will give up any
other information," Ford said.
Two women were killed and two other women and two men were
wounded and taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock,
Texas, about 100 miles (161 kms) southeast of Clovis. Two of the
patients were in critical condition, hospital spokesman Eric
Vanessa Aguirre was in the Clovis-Carter Public Library with her
son when a man came in and started to shoot into the air, the
Eastern New Mexico News reported.
"It all happened so fast," she told the newspaper. "We took off
fast. My purse is still in there."
Police surrounded the library building for more than an hour,
the newspaper reported. Its website published images of a young
man being led away by a police officer, and a woman being
carried into an ambulance.
Clovis, with a population of about 40,000, is around 190 miles
(300 km) east of Albuquerque. It is home to Cannon Air Force
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Robin
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