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January 14th, 2014
10:51 PM ET

New Mexico school shooting witness: "I don't want to go to [my school] anymore because of what happened ... I'm afraid it's going to happen again"

On the heels of yet another United States school shooting, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a 13-year-old who witnessed the horrific events first hand.

Monique Salcido was in the Berrendo Middle School gym in New Mexico when a fellow student removed a shotgun from his bag and opened fire.

Joining Piers Morgan by phone, she detailed what she saw:

"I was walking and he was right behind me, and I turned around and he had this case. And we all went in the gym. And then later on, we were all talking and then we heard gun shots," said Tuesday's guest. "And then the second shot, I turned around and Nathaniel got hit in the face."

The boy to whom Salcido reffered is an 11-year-old who's currently in critical condition. Another student, 13-year-old Kendall, was still in surgery as of late Tuesday night.

Just hours after witnessing her two friends being shot, and then subsequently spending much of the day in a state of lockdown, Salcido closed her live interview with a telling comment:

"I wasn't really scared of what happened," she started. "But I don't want to go to Berrendo anymore because of what happened. I'm afraid it's going to happen again."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Monique Salcido, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. Kari Tannis

    Piers, You are not alone. It's appalling to me that we have so many guns in this Country. Also disturbing is that gun loving people don't see the connection. The easy access to guns is killing more people. Mentally ill, angry teens, disgruntled employees and many other unstable people would not be able to kill if they didn't have guns handed to them. It is mystifying how people that have actually lost children and loved ones to gun violence yet they still support guns, guns, guns. I worry for the future of our children. Kari Tannis

    January 15, 2014 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gun control

      Look at country's with stricter gun laws, much more crime. Bad people will always find a way to hurt good people (bombs, cars, knives, fists, ect.) more people die in America from being beat to death then guns and most gun deaths are from people committing suicide... People who will kill themselves anyways. Please look up the oregon mall shooting, a man with a concealed carry license stopped the mass shooting before the shooter could get 3 shots off. More guns in the hands of good people will prevent mass shootings, notice how they always happen in gun free zones? Police can't be everywhere at once, what you need for these situations is an immediate armed response. Police will even advise you to conceal carry just for that reason. Blaming guns for this is like blaming cars for car accidents......

      January 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mary

        Al quesadilla doesn't need to kill Americans. The Americans are doing a very good job themselves, in movie theatres, schools, etc. etc,

        January 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WesSeid

    Governments have murdered 10s if not 100 million of their own citizens, after first taking their guns away.
    Obama sends actual assault rifles to the people of other countries so they can fight against their oppressive government.

    Gun control in the U.S. was started to stop black people from having guns. An armed man is a free man.

    The U.S. has more guns than ever, more people carrying every day, and crime including murder has gone down. Explain that.

    January 15, 2014 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gunn Sportz 2014

      " Historically , the restrictive regulation of firearms in our country originated in the South's efforts following the War Between the States to prevent former slaves from having the means to protect themselves" "SECOND AMENDMENT " By Michael Saporito and Richard Feldman. ' FORTY YEARS OF GUN CONTROL' ( Or How Not to Repeat the Mistakes of the Past) page 30 GUNS & AMMO Magazine Sept 1998 Issue .. I get my information from men who have enough education to write books that publishers print for sale ,,while CNN Anti-Gun fans get their information from a herd of so called Journalists who read off a stinking Tele-Prompter ... < – not exactly Credentials to be proud of ..Your Just In It For The Money Piers ..tell the truth.

      January 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. max

    you do have one thing in common with the DEMS your bully and you think if you take our guns away life will be better. No life would be like the state that have ban guns more killing. we are not England. mental ill and the Hollywood movies and games had made this a sicker places. I think the parents will stop it by school opening up and banding games and tv and most movies in there home. plus gun checks at the doors. Don't you find it odd that its not out in parks or in the wild. no shot out in camp sites. now check the movies and the games where are the killing in them? you got your answer.

    January 16, 2014 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Gunn Sportz 2014

    "By demonizing firearms ' whose purpose is to Kill ' while promising to defend firearms ' intended for sport ' they draw a distinction where none exists " Charlton Heston President of the NRA "From The Capitol" GUNS & AMMO Magazine 1998 Sept. Issue page 16 .God how I wish the man was here to straighten you out Piers..1 hand tied behind his back ,,MINCEMEAT MORGAN bites the dust !

    January 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jaroslav Palkovic

    I simple do not understand.....why privat person needs gun WHY. Guns are for army and police ,i think that you pay taxes for goverment and they pay for army and police to protect you , and if you have to buy gun to protect yourself ,than somethink is wrong in system .Why you have police ??why you have army??it does not make sence to keep them in duty ,if you need to buy gun.I live in germany and i am happy to live here ,becouse would not feel safe i states with so many guns .to be afraid to say or to do somethink what sombody else does not like and that person is gonna shot me just like that ,like nothink happend. I just hope that you will realize how many children are killed because of the guns.

    January 18, 2014 at 8:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • WesSeid

      Right now, Obama is sending large amounts of high-powered guns to people in other countries so they can fight against their oppressive government. During World War II, the British people didn't have enough guns and feared invasion, so their government put advertisements in U.S. magazines asking U.S. citizens to send their personal guns over, which they did.

      There are more guns in the U.S. than ever, yet crime including murder is down.

      January 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • WesSeid

      The U.S. is a big place. Calling the police for help, if you are even able to call them for help, could mean they arrive an hour later. By then, the criminal already killed you or took your daughter. More and more law enforcement in the U.S. is recommending people arm themselves because the police can't be everywhere at once.

      Criminals will get guns or other weapons to harm you because criminals don't care about laws. Wanting to take guns away from law-abiding people only helps the criminals be safer.

      There are more guns in the U.S. than ever yet crime including murder is down.

      January 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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