Documents reveal Clovis shooting suspect’s possible motive


CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Nathaniel Jouett told police he was mad and wanted to hurt himself or others. Court documents reveal the teen charged with killing two people and shooting four others in the Clovis library had been troubled in the months leading up to the attack and planned it.Documents: Search and arrest warrants from Curry County for Nathaniel Jouett >>Warning: Some might find the details in these documents disturbing. 

Jouett told police there was no reason for why he chose the library, and that he didn’t even know anyone that worked there.The shooting at the Clovis-Carver Library has rocked the community.

Wanda Walters and Kristina Carter both lost their lives. Noah and Alexis Molina, Jessica Thron and Howard Jones were injured.

“It’s heartbreaking to know such a loving, small community, something bad like this could happen,” Michelle Garcia, Jouett’s neighbor, said.

As the community mourns the victims and hopes the injured recover, documents show 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett explained to police why he attacked the people in that library.

In those pages, police recount the moments they entered the library, saying victims were everywhere. Jouett had his hands over his head and said, “Here I am.”

As they walked him outside, they passed a woman on the ground. Jouett asked why no one was helping her. An officer replied, “Think about it.”

According to the documents, Jouett also told police, “I feel awful. I don’t like hurting people.”

Officers say Jouett told them he took the guns and ammunition from his dad’s safe at their home, saying he knew how to shoot because he had been shooting before with his dad, who’s an avid hunter. According to court documents, after Jouett was arrested, police also seized numerous guns and dozens of boxes of ammunition from the home.

When officers asked why he did it, Jouett said he “was kind of mad,” and that everyone hates him, saying his anger stemmed from last year when he was kicked out of school.

Neighbors say the whole thing has them questioning everything.

“You would actually think, ‘What kind of influence did he have at home?'” a neighbor living near the Jouett household said to KRQE News 13 on Tuesday.

In those documents, Jouett told police his original plan was to shoot up the school and then kill himself. Wednesday, Jouett’s dad, Chris, released a statement:

As citizens of Clovis we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, these are our friends and neighbors and we are heartbroken right now for their loss. Our thoughts and prayers out to those affected. As parents this is something you never expect, Nathaniel is a loving son to us, a wonderful brother to his siblings, and a caring member of our family.

As a family we are trying to process what happened, we are saddened and heartbroken for everyone affected. As this time we would like to ask for space for our family and our community to cope with this terrible tragedy.

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