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2 teens critically injured in NM school shooting

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A suspect was arrested Tuesday following a Roswell, New Mexico school shooting that critically injured two teens, according to USA Today.

A 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were airlifted in critical condition to a Lubbock, Texas hospital with injuries, according to a University Medical Center spokesperson, KOB-TV reports. According to Roswell Police's Facebook page, the shooter was apprehended just a short time after.

Police say the suspect opened fire at Berrendo Middle School as classes were starting for the day. A statement from the state police said authorities responded at 8:11 a.m.

Lorena Beltran told the Albuquerque Journal her daughter, who attends the school, said a male student was shot in the face.

"It was scary, it was freaky," Kathy Sigala said. "I didn't understand. I got a call from where I work and I was at home. I just got in my car and my daughter came with the other kids... And I just came here and we heard from police… But we're just grateful for Roswell, RPD, for their fast reaction in getting there and taking care of what they have to take of… We just can't believe that it would happen here."

Roswell police said the incident occurred around 8:11 a.m. local time at Berrendo Middle School.

The 14-year-old victims was likely the target of the shooting, the Associated Press reported. However, at least two other victims were taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, but their conditions were not immediately known.

State police are expected to release more information about the shooting at a 1 p.m. (PST) press conference. Gov. Susana Martinez will also attend the briefing.

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