Updated: Friday, 10 Jun 2011, 7:49 AM MDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Jun 2011, 10:06 PM MDT
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Pieces of the puzzle are coming together after a cold-blooded murder in front of a busy Alamogordo Burger King Wednesday morning.
Investigators believe the deadly violence was fueled by booze, drugs and love gone wrong. Shavon Twitty, 33, was gunned down as she finished eating. Police believe Melissa Mathis fueled the incident after Twitty called off their six-year relationship.
Shots rang out just before 5 a.m., and employees inside the store witnessed it all rushing out and pulling Twitty inside as they called police. Twitty was shot multiple times and flown to an El Paso hospital, but it was too late. She died hours later.
Police say it was the Burger King employees quick thinking that helped them catch the suspect and her friends almost immediately after the shooting happened.
"We were able to obtain a description of the vehicle," said Alamogordo Police Detective Roger Schoolcraft. "That info was dispatched to local and county officers. Then two of our deputies from the Otero County Sheriff's Department located that vehicle on the west side of Alamogordo."
Deputies stopped that car and found Mathis and two other people inside: her friends, Alexias Torres, 27, and Jonathan Montoya, 18. Police said they also found a gun, a stolen TV and a stolen Playstation inside the vehicle.
Investigators say the stolen items are from a residence on the 400 Block of Canal street in Alamogordo. Mathis told police the trio broke into a mobile home there just moments before the shooting because she thought Twitty was staying there with a friend.
All three are charged with open counts of murder because police have yet to determine who fired the gun, killing Shavon Twitty. The trio also face burglary and conspiracy charges.