MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) - Police said a cashier was shot at the Alco Discount Store inMoriarty around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and her husband is suspectedof pulling the trigger. Shortly after the shooting, police say hecommitted suicide.
According to Chief Bobby Garcia of the Moriarty PoliceDepartment, the cashier, Gerta Stout, was shot twice and wasairlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital. One bullet hither in the leg, while another grazed her temple.
She suffered severe injuries, but never lost consciousness.She's expected to recover.
“It's just crazy that, you know, what happened today inMoriarty,” Claudia Chavez said.
Police then looked for Ronald Stout, 57, who was driving a whiteKia.
Greta Stout had a temporary protection order against him.
After the shooting, Garcia said, other employees and customerslocked themselves in a back room as they waited for police toarrive.
Later, state police said they found a car matching thedescription of Ronald Stout's after a witness said it slammed intoa guard rail on Interstate 40 near Unser Boulevard in northwestAlbuquerque.
“The license plate does come back to Greta and Ronstout,” State Police Lt. Ramon Casaus said.
Inside the car was Stout who died of a gunshot wound to thehead.
Moriarty Police couldn't say whether Ronald Stout had a criminalhistory.
Management closed the Alco Store after the shooting.
Police credit Greta Stout's coworkers for acting quickly to gether first aid after the shooting.
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