The Latest: Family of suspect saddened by library shooting
Aug. 30, 2017
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly shooting at a public library in New Mexico (all times local):
Family members of the teenager accused of a deadly shooting at a public library in New Mexico say they are deeply saddened by the tragedy.
The family of 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett released a statement Wednesday, offering their thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Monday's shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
In the statement, Jouett's parents described the teen as a loving son, wonderful brother and a caring member of the family. As parents, they said this was something they never expected.
Court documents say investigators found a bag containing suicide notes in a desk drawer at Jouett's home.
Inside the library, police found a handgun on a shelf near Jouett as he had his hands above his head. They also found a bag containing a second handgun and ammunition.
Court documents say the teenager accused of opening fire in a New Mexico public library initially planned to shoot up his high school because he was angry but ended up going to the library instead.
The documents filed Wednesday in district court say 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett had taken two handguns from his father's safe and walked into the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday.
Jouett told police he didn't know why he picked the library and that he didn't know anyone there. Two employees were killed and four other people were seriously wounded.
The documents say the teen's father had called police to say the guns had been taken and that his son wasn't home. By that time, the shooting had taken place.
Jouett has been charged with murder and other counts.
Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old high school student with murder over a shooting inside a public library in New Mexico that killed two employees and seriously wounded four others.
The filing Wednesday lists nearly a dozen counts against Nathaniel Jouett, including first-degree murder, child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated battery.
The Clovis High School student is in custody at a juvenile detention center. Prosecutors plan to charge Jouett as an adult and will take the case to a grand jury next week.
Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night to remember the victims of Monday's rampage as residents add to makeshift memorials around the rural community.
More candlelight vigils were planned for Wednesday and Thursday.
A pastor says the teenager suspected of killing two people and injuring four others in a public library had been searching for "inner peace" shortly before the shooting.
Pastor David Stevens says Nathaniel Jouett, 16, started attending Living Word Church of God three months ago and appeared to be turning his life around after having contemplated suicide several months earlier.
Jouett is now awaiting charges for Monday's deadly rampage. Authorities say their work has only begun as they talk to his family and friends and comb through social media posts looking for clues as to what may have prompted the violence.
Police Chief Douglas Ford says authorities plan to charge Jouett with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of child abuse.