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New Mexico police say shooter opens fire at public library in Clovis

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Police officers swarmed a public library in downtown Clovis on Monday after getting reports of a shooting inside.

New Mexico State Police Officer Carl Christiansen could not immediately say whether there were any fatalities or injuries but said officers with the Clovis Police Department responded around 4 p.m. to reports of an active shooter inside the downtown building.

City officials were expected to hold a briefing Monday evening.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported that ambulances were dispatched to the scene and at least one victim was taken to Clovis Municipal Airport for transport to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

Clovis is about 200 miles east of Albuquerque, near the Texas state line. It’s home to Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby community of Portales is home to Eastern New Mexico University.

Vanessa Aguirre told the newspaper that she was in the library with her son when a man came in and started to shoot into the air.

“It all happened so fast,” she said. “We took off fast. My purse is still in there.”

Kim Tipton, who was in a building across the street from the library, saw multiple police units arrive a few minutes after 4 p.m. and they had their rifles drawn.