Alexis Molina speaks Tuesday about her experience surviving a 2017 shooting in a Clovis library as Zaneya Alzubidi, 7, brother of Bennie Hargrove, looks on during a news conference at the Roundhouse. Molina praised the passage of House Bill 9, a gun safety storage bill intended to keep guns out of the hands of children and teens and dubbed the “Bennie Hargrove Act” to honor the 13-year-old killed by a classmate with their father’s gun at an Albuquerque middle school in 2021.

With three bullets in her body, Alexis Molina said she could think of only two things as she heard the sound of pistol shots all around her in the library.

She prayed — and held her little brother Noah close to her bleeding body as she told him to play dead.

Molina was one of the victims in a 2017 shooting at a Clovis library that left two women dead and Molina and her brother, among others, wounded.


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hugs Vanessa Sawyer, the grandmother of Bennie Hargrove, after signing House Bill 9 into law Tuesday. The legislation, dubbed the “Bennie Hargrove Act” by supporters after the Albuquerque 13-year-old who was shot and killed in 2021 by another student who took a gun to their middle school, holds gun owners liable if a gun is stored “in a manner that negligently disregards a minor’s ability to access” the weapon. See story, Page A-5.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.