Clovis shooter known as a “troubled teen”

The teenage boy accused in the deadly shooting at Clovis’ public library had been in trouble at school, had recently contemplated suicide and had “anxiety attacks” that resulted in his going home from church on Sunday morning, his pastors said.

Photo via The Eastern New Mexico News.

Nathaniel Jouett was arrested without incident after police said he opened fire a little after 4 p.m. Monday in the library, killing two people and injuring four more.


Pastors told The Eastern New Mexico News, the teen had been attending a local church for a few months before the mass shooting.

Pastors at Clovis’ Living Word Church of God said the shooting stunned them because they thought Jouett was making positive strides in recent weeks, following what both described as a “very hard life.”

“He started coming to church about 3 1/2 months ago,” said Pastor David Stevens.

“My daughter called him and asked if he wanted to hang out.”

Stevens said his daughter soon learned Jouett was “laying with a gun at his side and a suicide note in his pocket” as they talked on the phone.

Once Jouett began attending church, he was a regular, often participating in multiple worship services in a week.

On his Facebook page, the teen wrote about his church attendance:

“So I have been baptized and gotten back in 2 church,” Jouett wrote on his Facebook page on Aug. 14.

“I have this overwhelming joy. (T)hank you 2 the church for making it feel like home.”

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