Search warrant sheds light on motive behind Cleveland HS shooting


New court documents are offering a look at the motive of a 16-year-old student who police say opened fire inside a Rio Rancho high school Thursday morning. 

According to a search warrant, 16-year-old Joshua Owen wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend, other students and himself before police caught up to him. 

Rio Rancho Police say it started Thursday morning around 7:00 when they got a call about one shot being fired at V. Sue Cleveland High School. 

The search warrant says the school’s security video caught Owen coming onto campus with a mask. Once Owen got on campus, police say he removed his mask and approached three students. 

A student told police Owen pointed the gun at them, but the gun didn’t go off. At that point, police say Owen then manipulated the gun, pulled the trigger and fired off a round. 

The search warrant goes on to say Owen then put the gun on the ground and ran away. Police say a teacher also got a text from Owen shortly after, apologizing and claiming “the voices won’t stop” and asking if anyone was hurt. 

No one was hurt. 

Police found Owen hiding in an arroyo and arrested him. He’s been charged with attempted murder. 

Classes at Cleveland High School will resume on Tuesday. 

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