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Authorities dispute report linking Aztec shooter, alt-right

By MARY HUDETZ
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A law enforcement official is disputing a report that has been released by an organization that tracks hate crimes and asserts that a New Mexico gunman in a deadly high school shooting had been influenced by the alt-right.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has included William Atchison, of Aztec, on a list of assailants the organization says were influenced by the alt-right - a fringe movement that represents a mix of white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigration beliefs.

Authorities say Atchison killed Aztec High School students Francisco I. Fernandez and Casey J. Marquez on Dec. 7 before shooting himself.

Authorities have said the victims were not specific targets.

Bryce Current, the internal affairs captain for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, said he did not believe the shooting was motivated by a "political agenda."

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