Details about New Mexico high school shooting gunman, victims emerge


Law enforcement in New Mexico told reporters Thursday that William Atchison, 21, was killed after allegedly shooting and killing two people and injuring more than a dozen at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico.

Atchinson worked at local gas station and disguised himself as a student when he went to the school Thursday. But he said they determined no crime had been committed at that time.

Kassetas said Atchison entered that room and knew there were students in the back. If either of these times are hard to attend, please feel free to call the Farmington Police Department victim advocates at 505-327-7701 or call the District Attorney's victim advocates at 505-599-9810 starting next week, as Thursday and Friday may be hard to answer calls due to assisting families.

Shortly after, he saw another student, Casey Marquez, in the hallway and killed her.

Authorities today called Atchison a "coward" and said the shooting was a "planned event", which the suspect allegedly wrote out. He then allegedly fired multiple rounds through the hallway. When officers found his body he had a thumb drive on him that laid out his plans to shoot up the school and then kill himself.

"If things go according to plan, today would be when I die", Atchison's note begins.

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A "deranged" former student who disguised himself as a pupil, then shot dead a cheerleader and football player before turning the gun on himself, was known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The 21-year-old went to a bathroom and was preparing to confront students, police said, and in that bathroom is where victim Francisco Fernandez was shot and killed; authorities said Fernandez had no chance to survive.

News 13 spoke to one student who says she listened to the sound of gunshots that got closer and closer to her classroom.

Substitute teacher Kathleen Potter had 16 students in a classroom with her at Aztec High School in Aztec, about 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque, when she heard the shooting, according to police. "I just want out of this (expletive)".

At the vigil, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said she will dedicate resources to Aztec.

Advocates will meet with parents of the children and school staff members at the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office at 335 S. Miller Ave, Friday, December 8, 2017.