Hospital: 14-year-old likely target of New Mexico shooting

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Officials at a Texas hospital say a 14-year-old boy who was the likely target of a school shooter in southeastern New Mexico has been brought there in critical condition.

Eric Finley of University of Medical Center in Lubbock says a 13-year-old girl also might be en route in critical condition.

Police say the shooting happened at 8:11 Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, and a suspect is in custody.

Officials at Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical say two students were brought there after the shooting. It's unclear if either of those victims was then transferred to Lubbock, or if the student being treated in Lubbock is a third victim.

Finley says information from nurses treating the boy indicates he was the target of the shooter.

A gunman opened fire Tuesday at a middle school in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell, leaving at least two children injured before being taken into custody.

The shooting happened at 8:11 a.m. at Berrendo Middle School, as classes were starting for the day.

Brooke Linthicum of Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center said the two children were being treated following the shooting, but she had no information on the type or extent of their injuries.

Roswell police say the suspected shooter was arrested Tuesday, and the school was placed on lockdown. No details on the suspect were released.

Police say children will be bused to a nearby mall, where parents can pick up them up. Word of the shooting was posted on the Roswell Police Department's Facebook page.

"We believe there are injuries but to what extent we don't know yet," said New Mexico State Police spokesman Damyan Brown.

Roswell City Councilor Savino Sanchez said he found out about the shooting after receiving a phone call. He said once news of the shooting spread throughout town, residents began to worry. "I know a lot of people are concerned," he said.

Roswell has a population of about 50,000. It a center for ranching and farming and is home to the New Mexico Military Institute, the only state-supported military college in the West. The city is perhaps best known as the site of an alleged UFO crash in 1947.

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