JARALES, N.M. (KRQE) - As of Saturday night, police had not arrested the person who shot three people in the head in their home near Belen on Saturday morning. A father was killed and his wife and daughter were injured.
Neighbors and authorities are searching for answers and a motive.
“I don't know who would want to hurt him like that and his family. They're all good people,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.
The small town of Jarales was in shock Saturday. A home is now a crime scene where Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard says the three people were shot just after 4 a.m.
“All of the gunshot wounds appear to be directed toward the head,” Burkhard said.
Burkhard says Wesley Hobbs, 54, was shot twice in the head. He was found dead at the scene.
“That’s terrible, that’s shocking,” said neighbor Sylvia Gurele.
Wesley’s daughter, 24-year-old Amanda Hobbs, is in critical condition at UNM hospital and his wife, 49-year-old Patricia Hobbs, was treated and released.
“It’s real confusing right now,” said another neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.
News 13 spoke to a man who lives up the street and says he practically grew up with the family.
He says he spoke to Wesley on Friday.
“He would do anything for his family and friends. I never thought it would come down to this,” said the neighbor who also wants to remain anonymous.
Both New Mexico State Police and the Valencia County Sheriff's Department say the investigation hasn't turned up much and the shooter is still on the loose.
“We haven't established a clear motive for the shooting at this time but we are working on some leads and working on obtaining some search warrants,” Burkhard said.
Burkhard says it’s not clear what type of gun was used and says it doesn't appear whoever did the shooting forced their way into the home.
As the quiet rural town waits for answers, those who know the family hope police find whoever did this.
“I hope whoever did this gets brought to justice and rots in prison for the rest of their life,” a neighbor said.
The neighbor who wished to remain anonymous says the family has a son and that he was camping up in the Jemez Mountains. As of Saturday night, the neighbor wasn't sure if the son has found out what has happened.
Burkhard couldn't say whether this was a targeted or random shooting. He says none of the injuries appear self-inflicted and that Wesley's wife and daughter are not suspects.
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