A gunman fatally shot three people before he was killed during a confrontation with police in Farmington, New Mexico, on Monday, authorities said.
Two police officers are in the hospital after being injured during the shooting, and there may be additional civilian casualties, the Farmington Police Department said in a statement.
The identities of the victims and the gunman, and the location of the shooting, have not been confirmed.
Police are asking the public to avoid the Dustin Avenue area between Ute Street and Apache Street while they continue their investigation.
The two officers, from the Farmington Police Department and New Mexico State Police, are in stable condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center, police said.
Officials from the Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police are investigating the “active shooter” incident.
Farmington Municipal Schools placed all its students under preventive lockdowns at 11.15am following a request from the police.
The lockdown was lifted at 1.05pm, the school district said in a Facebook update.
“At this time, the details we have are that multiple officers from the Farmington Police Department were involved in an officer-involved shooting,” the Farmington Police Department said in a statement.
“One suspect was confronted and killed on the spot. The identity of the suspect has not been known and there is no other known threat at this time.
“Two officers were shot, one from the Farmington Police Department and one from the New Mexico State Police, both are currently at San Juan Regional Medical Center being treated for their injuries and are in stable condition.
“There are many civilian casualties with at least 3 dead.”
Police confirmed just before 2pm that they do not believe there was a second shooter and all lockdowns have been lifted.
Local resident Larry Jacquez posted a video on his Facebook page showing a large police presence on an unknown street in Farmington.
Unconfirmed reports from a 911 dispatch audio said the shooting happened in front of a church and that at least 50 shots were fired, according to a NewsNation reporter.
Farmington is a city of 46,000 residents about 150 miles northwest of Albuquerque.