Accused NM Library Killer, 16, Was Seeking ‘Inner Peace’

Nathaniel Jouett, a suicidal high school sophomore, is accused of walking into the Clovis public library with two handguns on Monday and shooting six people, killing two of them. “His mind had to snap,” his pastor said.

The teenager suspected of killing two people and injuring four others Monday in a Clovis, N.M., public library had been searching for “inner peace” shortly before the shooting, the Associated Press reports.  youth’s pastor said. Nathaniel Jouett, 16, started attending Living Word Church of God three months ago and appeared to be turning his life around after having contemplated suicide several months earlier, Pastor David Stevens said. Jouett now faces murder and assault for the deadly rampage. Prosecutors said they will seek to transfer the case from the juvenile system to adult court.

Authorities say their work has only begun as they talk to his family and friends and comb through social media posts looking for clues as to what may have prompted the violence. Jouett, a sophomore at Clovis High School, surrendered when police entered the Clovis-Carver Public Library following the shooting. “It’s just more than we can comprehend,” Stevens said. “His mind had to snap.” There’s no indication Jouett knew the victims, and authorities have yet to determine a motive. They also are investigating where he obtained the two handguns believed to have been used in the shooting.