Governor: New Mexico school shooting victim on respirator
by Russell Contreras, Associated Press
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez arrives for a press conference at Berrendo Middle School Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Roswell, N.M. A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez arrives for a press conference at Berrendo Middle School Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Roswell, N.M. A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has identified the boy shot on the face and neck at a New Mexico middle school and says he's on a respirator and is heavily sedated.

Martinez said Thursday that Nathaniel Tavarez remains in critical condition at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital and that doctors have repaired slight damage to his heart.

Earlier reports had Nathaniel's age at 11, but the governor says he's 12. Martinez said earlier she wouldn't identify the boy until his family said it was OK.

School officials say counselors will be available Thursday for Berrendo Middle School students to talk about Tuesday's shooting. Nathaniel and 13-year-old Kendal Sanders were hurt, and a school staffer suffered minor injuries.

The suspected shooter has been charged with three juvenile counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.



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