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Update: Farmington police have two people of interest in fatal mall shooting

Public is asked to contact FPD with information
One person was killed and another was wounded in a shooting March 23 at Animas Valley Mall in Farmington. (David Edward Albright/Durango Herald)

The Farmington Police Department released a statement March 30 that they have identified two persons of interest in the homicide that took place in the south parking lot of Animas Valley Mall on March 23.

The two people are being held on unrelated charges, and the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, according to FPD spokeswoman Shanice Gonzales.

No further information was available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Rock at (505) 599-1005.

Farmington Police Department released the identity of Ariana Rosas as the person who was killed in the March 23 shooting in the Animas Valley Mall parking lot in Farmington.

Rosas, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Gonzales.

A second male victim was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and was reported to be in stable condition. His name was withheld as the investigation continued.

Gonzales said the shooting occurred on the south side of the mall near English Road.

Gonzales said she received a phone call about the shooting at 11:20 a.m., about 20 minutes after the shooting occurred.

Because of the active investigation, residents were asked to avoid the area surrounding the mall.

Piedra Vista High School was advised to enter lockdown at 11:15 a.m. as a safety measure, according to a notification sent to parents and guardians. The lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m., and a second notification from the school stated that staff would continue “to be alert and diligent to help keep our entire campus safe.”

San Juan College identified Rosas as a freshman majoring in welding and a graduate of Vista Nueva High School in an email Monday. The college expressed condolences to Rosas’ family and offered counseling services for students and employees.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Rosas at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the San Juan College Learning Commons Plaza. Candles will be provided. The college has also offered counseling services for students and staff.

A privacy screen has been erected at the scene of a shooting at Animal Valley Mall in Farmington. (David Edward Albright/Durango Herald)
A Mobile Command Unit arrived on-site about 12:30 p.m. The investigation remains active. (David Edward Albright/Durango Herald)