Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy shot by a classmate at their middle school underwent a second surgery and a girl who was wounded is now in stable condition.
Martinez said at a press conference late Tuesday that the girl has been identified as 13-year-old Kendal Sanders. The wounded boy is in critical condition.
Authorities say the two were shot when a 12-year-old boy opened fire at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell Tuesday morning.
Martinez says the boy pointed the gun at a teacher, who talked him into dropping the weapon. The boy was taken into custody.
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said the shooter used a shotgun. Police are investigating where he got the gun and have issued search warrants for the boy's home and his bag and locker.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that information from the hospital where the injured boy is being treated indicates he was the shooter’s target.
Roswell Superintendent Tom Burris told the New Mexican the school's faculty had participated in "active shooter” training and that they acted appropriately.