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Records: Suspected teen gunman tells police ‘I was mad’

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The teenager accused of gunning down two employees inside a New Mexico public library this week and seriously wounding four others had planned to shoot up his high school but ended up going to the library instead, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Nathaniel Jouett, 16, told police he did not know why he picked the Clovis-Carver Public Library and that he did not know anyone who was there, said the documents filed in connection with the shooting rampage on Monday in the small community of Clovis.

But he told investigators he had wanted to target his high school for a long time because he was “mad at everyone since he got kicked out of school last year,” the documents said. He also told them he felt like no one liked him.

Jouett was on a two-day suspension from Clovis High School on Monday, the day of the shooting. The teen’s pastor, David Stevens, has said that Jouett said he had fought back after another boy hit him.

Jouett took two handguns from his father’s safe and walked to the library Monday afternoon, the court documents said.

Witnesses have said it appeared the gunman fired randomly as parents, children and others hid under tables and behind closed doors.

Jouett, a sophomore, faces nearly a dozen charges — including first-degree murder, child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated battery.

Confederate street names: Protest turns tense in Florida

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Protests over whether a Florida suburb should strip the names of Robert E. Lee and two other Confederate generals from city streets briefly turned tense Wednesday when a lone pro-Confederate protester charged at about 100 anti-Confederate demonstrators.

Hollywood police quickly tackled Chris Tedino, 21, of Miami, throwing him and his Confederate flag to the ground. About five officers carried him away as his opponents cheered. The confrontation occurred outside Hollywood City Hall just hours before the city commission was scheduled to decide whether to remove the three names from residential streets of this Fort Lauderdale suburb.

Tedino had been standing alone, holding a flag that was half-Confederate battle flag and half a black X on a white field. He was yelling at the other group, calling them “traitors.”

A self-proclaimed member of the League of South, a pro-Confederacy group, Tedino said he had joined a white supremacist rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a car later slammed into a crowd, killing one person, during a counterdemonstration. He blamed the anti-Confederate protesters for the violence in Virginia.

“I was at Charlottesville and I will not forget what you people did,” Tedino yelled at his opponents. “But revenge is coming.”

About 10 minutes later, he made his attempted charge as organizers on the anti-Confederate side yelled to their members, “Do not engage him.”

UFO enthusiasts heading to Wyoming for upcoming rendezvous

DEVILS TOWER, Wyo. (AP) — Just like in the science-fiction movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” UFO enthusiasts are being drawn to a strange geological formation in Wyoming.

Devils Tower played a key role in the well-known UFO film that came out 40 years ago this year. The first Devils Tower UFO Rendezvous will be held at the site from Sept. 14-16.

The formation is actually the solidified core of an ancient volcano.

Experts on UFOs will speak at the convention.

Organizer Brian Olson tells KOTA-TV that there’s a fun side, too, with plans for a parade, live music and barbecue cook-off.

Devils Tower stands more than 800 feet tall and can be seen for miles.