Why Farmington, New Mexico’s Beau Wilson shot Gwendolyn Schofield, Shirley Voita, Melanie Ivie


Beau Wilson, 18, was supposed to graduate from Farmington High School in Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico, United States on May 16, 2023. But he died on May 15, 2023.

Wilson was a varsity wrestler at Farmington High School. In November 2022, he legally purchased an assault-style rifle.


On May 15, 2023, Wilson went out carrying his assault-style rifle and two handguns owned by family members. At around 10:56 a.m., he fired at least 150 rounds at multiple homes on North Dustin Avenue in Farmington, killing his fellow Farmington residents Gwendolyn Dean Schofield, 97, Shirley Bell Voita, 79, and Melanie Ann Ivie, 73.

Including Farmington Police Department sergeant Rachel Discenza and New Mexico State Police officer Andreas Stamatiadis, a total of six people were injured. Shortly after the shooting, Wilson was fatally shot near a church by police officers.


Originally from Valier, Montana, USA, Schofield lived in an apartment beneath Ivie’s house in Farmington. Schofield previously lived in Bigfork, Montana.

Ivie is Schofield’s daughter. They both worked as teachers and they were both active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Voita attended Saint Mary’s High School and Arizona State University, which are both in Phoenix. Schofield and Ivie were on their way to pick up a grandchild from school when Wilson fatally shot them.

Voita, Schofield and Ivie were shot as they were going by in vehicles. The Farmington Police Department is still investigating the motive.

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