Court documents detail fatal library shooting in New Mexico

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The father of a teenager accused of gunning down two employees inside a New Mexico public library sensed trouble when he discovered two handguns were missing from his home safe.

He called Clovis police to report that information and the fact that his troubled 16-year-old son — on suspension from his high school — was not at home.

But by then, the fatal shooting had already occurred.

Nathaniel Jouett had planned to shoot up his high school but went to the library in the rural community instead Monday afternoon, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Jouett was on a two-day suspension from Clovis High School on Monday and the teen’s pastor, David Stevens, has said that Jouett said he had fought back after another boy hit him.

The teen told police he didn’t know why he picked the Clovis-Carver Public Library and he did not know anyone there.

But he told investigators he had wanted to target his high school for a long time because he was “mad at everyone since he got kicked out of school last year,” the documents said. He also told them he felt like no one liked him.

Jouett told investigators he first used the library’s bathroom, exited and started shooting and yelling.

Witnesses have said it appeared the gunman fired randomly as parents, children and others hid under tables and behind closed doors. Four others also were seriously wounded, including a 10-year-old boy.

Jouett’s parents said in a statement Wednesday they were saddened by the shooting and offered their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

“As parents, this is something you never expect. Nathaniel is a loving son to us, a wonderful brother to his siblings and a caring member of our family,” the statement said.

Jouett, a sophomore, faces nearly a dozen charges — including first-degree murder, child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated battery.

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