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Racial motive disputed in New Mexico school shooting


February 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Wednesday disputed a Southern Poverty Law Center report asserting that a gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting had been influenced by white supremacist views.

The Alabama-based organization known for tracking hate crimes included William Atchison, of Aztec, on a list of 13 assailants that the nonprofit says had been influenced by the alt-right, a fringe movement that's a mix of white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigration beliefs.

Atchison, 21, killed two high school students — Francisco I. Fernande...

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