ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Gov. Susana Martinez, Superintendent Tom Burris and Chief Pete Kassetas held their third press conference Wednesday about Tuesday’s Roswell shootings at Berrando Middle School.
The governor started out by saying how strong the community of Roswell has been and how support has poured in from throughout the state since Tuesday’s tragic event. She, education secretary Hanna Scandera and other school officials met with teachers and staff in the library, preparing them for students to return to school Thursday.
“The teachers will be different tomorrow. Tomorrow they will all be counselors,” Burris said.
The governor encouraged parents, kids and family members to talk about the events and to contact Turquoise Health and Wellness for additional support if needed at 575-623-1480.
The first of the two victims, Kendal Sanders, was upgraded Tuesday night to stable condition and will remain at the hospital in recovery for at least a week or more.
The second victim who remains anonymous by request of the family, is still in critical condition.
Chief Kassetas provided an investigation update stating he cannot disclose the name of the suspect because he is bound by criminal code. KRQE News 13 has learned the suspect is Mason Campbell. The chief said though the name has been released, it will not hinder his investigation.
Officials worked through the night to execute three search warrants for Campbell’s locker, his home and the bag that concealed the .20 gauge sod-off shotgun.
Kassetas says the suspect planned the event and carried three rounds of ammunition. All three rounds were expelled; one in the ceiling of the gymnasium, a second round in the floor and a third which struck the victims. It is estimated that the suspect was 12 to 15 feet away from the victims when he shot them. There were no other firearms involved.
Chief Kassates believes the shooting was random and that the suspect warned some selected students in person of his intent prior to school.
Superintendent Burris closed out the press conference saying that teachers incorporated critical lockdown training in the gym, helping students return to classrooms without a huge panic. Teachers then locked their doors until they were called out by authorizes.
The suspect has not been charged yet in the Roswell shooting and NMSP chief describes it as complex case. Campbell remains in custody in Albuquerque. He will not be tried as an adult.