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Three victims died and six others were injured in a mass shooting in Farmington, New Mexico, on Monday, authorities said. The shooter was also killed by a responding officer.
Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said early investigative efforts indicate the shooting was "completely random," with no targeting of specific victims.
"[Today] is honestly one of the most horrific and difficult days that Farmington has ever had as a community," Chief Hebbe said in a video statement posted to the law enforcement agency's Facebook page.
"During the course of today, an active shooter engaged numerous citizens and then finally was engaged by the police before the rampage stopped. ... Ten people were injured, four of them killed, including the suspect."
Chief Hebbe identified the suspect as an 18-year-old male who fired "at least three different weapons." The chief described one of the weapons as an "AR-style rifle."
Officers were dispatched to the scene just before 11 a.m. Monday morning on a report of shots being fired in the area, Chief Hebbe explained. By 11:05, it was announced that officers had engaged and neutralized the suspect in the 700 block of North Dustin Avenue.
Three citizens were killed, two officers were wounded, and four additional citizens were injured in the shooting in the residential neighborhood. The suspect was shot and killed by responding officers.
Two officers were shot during the altercation, Hebbe said. One officer was from the Farmington Police Department. The other was from the state police. The FPD officer was treated and released. The officer from the state police, who transported himself for treatment, remains hospitalized and is "doing well at this moment."
"It's difficult to understand how something like this happens, but we are doing the best that we can to piece through [what was going on] and talk with family members of the suspect," Chief Hebbe said.
Though investigators will work to determine what motivated the shooter, Chief Hebbe said that at this point, "it appears to be purely random." No schools, churches, or individuals appear to have been specifically targeted.
The suspect reportedly "roamed the neighborhood" for about a quarter of a mile. At least six houses and three cars were shot, as well.
"The suspect randomly fired at whatever entered his head to shoot at," Chief Hebbe said.
"It's just been a devastating day," Chief Hebbe also said, adding how proud he was of responding officers from multiple agencies, including the FPD, the sheriff's office, and the state police.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Watch KOAT's coverage below of the mass shooting in Farmington, New Mexico, that left three dead and injured several others, including two police officers.
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