A high school student is in custody after multiple people were shot inside of a library in New Mexico. The suspect in that shooting is Nathaniel Jouett, 16. The horror unfolded inside of the Clovis-Carver Library at around 4 p.m. local time on August 28. The town of Clovis is the eastern part of New Mexico, close to the Texas border. It is 200 miles east of Albuquerque.
Initially, it has been reported that six people were shot in the library, two of those people have died. Four women were shot and two men, both of the fatalities were women.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Hours Before the Shooting, Jouett’s Girlfriend Wrote About the Suspect: ‘Luckiest Girl Alive… Thank You for Being in My Life
Less than 24 hours before the shooting, Jouett’s girlfriend posted photos of the couple together. In the captions, the girlfriend wrote that she was the, “Luckiest girl alive… Thank you for everything you do and thank you for being in my life.” His girlfriend includes Jouett’s last name as her last name on Facebook. The couple has been together since May 2017.
On August 24, Jouett’s girlfriend posted a meme to her page that read, “My goal in a relationship is to help my man become a better person, keep him out of trouble and show him things about himself he never realized.”
There are reports that Jouett was suspended from school for fighting at a pep rally on the Friday before the shooting.
2. Jouett Went Missing in July 2017 & Was Re-Baptized in Church in August 2017
According to a post on Jouett’s stepmother, Nicole Jouett’s, Facebook page, Jouett went missing on July 18. His father, Chris, commented on the thread that his son was found on July 19. Chris Jouett remarried in 2009. Jouett’s mother is Jessica Reynolds, maiden name Romero. She is now married to a woman.
On August 14, Jouett wrote on Facebook, “So I have been baptized back in 2 church tonight I gave my testimoney and it was alot harder than I thought but after words I have this overwhelming joy thank you 2 the church for making it feel like home.”
In a post on her Facebook page, Jouett’s girlfriend wrote:
So very proud of my boyfriend. He’s gone through so much in life and he’s turned it over to God and got saved today he got baptized!! I love you Nathaniel Jouett. Thank you for being by my side and always there for me I’m thankful God has put you in my life.
His girlfriend’s parents were preachers and her grandmother is a Sunday school teacher.
3. No Motive Has Been Made Public for the Shooting
ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos reports, citing a city official, that six people have been shot at the library. Hoyos has also said that a shooter is in custody. That suspect is a teenager. Some reports say that two people have been killed and six people have been injured.
The Associated Press reports that no motive has been made public for the shooting. Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza told the agency that the shooting is a “tragedy” and asked for prayers for the victims.
Interim City Manager Tom Phelps has said that two people were killed, reports the Eastern New Mexico News. Phelps added that Jouett was taken into custody without incident.
4. The Shooter Was Armed With a Handgun
A woman who was in the library at the time of the shooting, Vanessa Aguirre, told the Eastern New Mexico News, “It all happened so fast. We took off fast. My purse is still in the there.” Aguirre added that she didn’t see if anyone had been shot. Aguirre believed the gunman was armed with a handgun.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports that victims were taken to Clovis Municipal Airport before being airlifted to Lubbock, Texas.
5. The Area Is Perhaps Best Known for Cannon Air Force Base
A border town with Texas, Clovis is known as the home of Cannon Air Force Base. The base is around 7 miles southwest of the center of town and is the home of the 27th Special Operations Wing. It was established in 1942.
The town is also associated with early rock and roll after Norman Petty set up a recording studio there in the 1950s. The studio was used by Buddy Holly to record “Peggy Sue” and was used by other stars including Roy Orbison.