An 18-year-old gunman opened fireplace on a residential avenue in Farmington, N.M., on Monday morning, killing three folks earlier than the police arrived and killed the suspect, the authorities mentioned. 9 different folks, together with two officers, have been injured.

The authorities obtained a number of reviews of pictures fired close to North Dustin Avenue and East Navajo Road simply earlier than 11 a.m., Deputy Chief Baric Crum of the Farmington Police mentioned at a information convention late Monday afternoon. “Officers responded to the realm to discover a chaotic scene the place a male topic was actively firing upon people in that neighborhood,” Chief Crumb mentioned.

4 cops managed to cease the gunman, Chief Crum mentioned. He mentioned that the 2 injured cops — one from the Farmington Police Division, and a state police officer — have been each in a “secure situation” on the San Juan Regional Medical Middle in Farmington. The circumstances of the seven others who have been injured weren’t instantly recognized, and the authorities didn’t launch the names of any victims or the suspect.

The motive for the capturing remained unclear. Chief Crum mentioned it was not instantly recognized whether or not the suspect had any legal historical past, or why he was within the neighborhood.

The capturing is being investigated by the Farmington Police Division, San Juan County Sheriff’s Workplace and the New Mexico State Police. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms additionally responded, its Phoenix subject workplace mentioned.

“There aren’t any different recognized threats right now,” the police mentioned.

Farmington Municipal Faculties have been positioned below a preventive lockdown after 11 a.m., which was lifted about two hours later, the varsity system mentioned.

Farmington, located close to the Navajo Nation, is house to about 46,000 folks. Town, about 140 miles from Albuquerque within the rural northwestern nook of the state, serves as a industrial hub for close by oil producing areas in addition to a lot of northwestern New Mexico.

Final month, officers with the Farmington Police Division shot and killed an armed man whereas responding to a home violence name on the flawed house. In 2017, within the close by city of Aztec, a former scholar at Aztec Excessive College fatally shot two college students on the faculty earlier than killing himself.

Simon Romero contributed reporting.