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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Movies launched Thursday of this week’s lethal rampage in northwest New Mexico recorded a voice mentioned to be the shooter urging police to “kill me” and officers dashing towards the 18-year-old gunman earlier than fatally taking pictures him outdoors a church.

“He’s yelling on the Ring footage, ‘Come kill me,'” Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe mentioned of Beau Wilson, the highschool senior who authorities say killed three older ladies throughout the assault.

“He’s making a stand, he has alternatives to run off, he doesn’t use these alternatives,” Hebbe mentioned. “So sure it’s my perception that in the end in his head, he has made the choice that he’s going to face and battle it out till he’s killed.”

Three older girl have been killed Monday by the shooter, together with a mom and daughter who occurred to be driving by the neighborhood. The victims have been recognized as longtime Farmington residents Gwendolyn Schofield, 97, her 73-year-old daughter, Melody Ivie, and 79-year-old Shirley Voita.

A minimum of six different individuals have been wounded within the shootings, which despatched waves of grief rippling by the group of fifty,000 individuals. They included two law enforcement officials, who’ve been launched from medical care as they get well.

Hebbe’s feedback mirrored an account from witness Candi Brammell, who lives subsequent to the church and advised The Related Press in an interview Tuesday that the gunman gave the impression to be egging police on, saying: “Come on!”

Brammell mentioned she couldn’t imagine what she was seeing as Wilson opened hearth. Inside an instantaneous, he was exchanging photographs with the police after which was down within the grass.

Wilson lived along with his father in a house that contained an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, apparently legally owned, in line with legislation enforcement authorities. He purchased an assault-style rifle final yr after he turned 18.

On Monday, police say, he started taking pictures indiscriminately with the rifle from the entrance porch space of the house.

The primary particular person hit was Voita, a retired nurse who was driving by. Video launched by police confirmed her automotive rolling down the road with the door open after she managed to get out. Video additionally confirmed the trail of a car carrying Schofield and Ivie, who stopped to assist.

“They see one thing within the street, which seems to be (Voita), and so they’re within the technique of pulling over” when one other hail of gunfire erupts, Hebbe mentioned, narrating the photographs. “At the moment we imagine all these rounds are fired from (the rifle).”

Police say Wilson quickly dropped the weapon into some bushes though it nonetheless held extra reside ammunition.

Wilson then walked down the road for a few quarter mile, spraying bullets indiscriminately utilizing two pistols. He discharged a .22-caliber gun after which depleted rounds from a 9-mm weapon within the ultimate shootout with police, throughout which he let off at the very least 18 rounds.

He wore what gave the impression to be a modified protecting vest with metal plates, however authorities say he discarded the vest earlier than the shootout with police.

A be aware was present in his pocket that mentioned, “In case your studying this im the top of the chapter.”

Police mentioned earlier this week that they could not say what number of gunshot wounds the victims had suffered and have been ready on the medical investigator’s report, which had not been made public as of Thursday.

Neighbor Bryan Brown, who was amongst those that ran to render first support, advised AP that Voita had gunshot wounds to the leg and the pinnacle.

The gunman’s physique was left within the grass for a time as investigators labored the scene, and it was unclear then what number of occasions he was shot.

Efforts have been underway by authorities to entry medical and faculty information which may make clear Wilson’s psychological historical past.

New Mexico enacted a so-called crimson flag legislation in 2020 that can be utilized to grab weapons from individuals who pose a hazard to themselves or others. Judicial information present the Farmington Police Division has petitioned efficiently for the removing of weapons in different cases, most not too long ago in February.

Police have been probing for motivations behind Monday’s rampage, which befell the day earlier than Wilson was attributable to graduate from highschool, amid some indications from family members of prior psychological well being points.

Situated close to 4 Corners the place New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet, Farmington is a provide line and bed room group to the area’s oil and pure gasoline business.


Montoya Bryan reported from Albuquerque and Snow reported from Phoenix.

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