ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A simmering neighborhood feud erupted Tuesday morning putting one man in the hospital and another behind bars.
A dispute between neighbors and two families escalated into gunfire.
"I said, 'Oh my gosh,' I just wanted to cover all the children," said neighbor Sophia Artiaga.
Artiaga was inside her home on South Delaware Street with her four grandkids when she heard the gunshot from next door.
"I got all my kids, and I took them to my room," she continued. "I said, 'You all get down. Stay in here.'"
Police say a 35-year-old man was shot outside a Roswell home around midnight. He was hit in his chest and arm and is now at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital.
Michael Farmer, 54, was arrested for the shooting.
The suspect told police his son, Joe Paul Martinez, was drinking with the victim earlier in the day.
Police are now searching for Martinez, whom they call a person of interest and witness to the shooting.
Farmer told detectives the victim kept calling his house and was making threatening gestures. That's when Farmer says he went inside his house and retrieved a shotgun.
The victim's mom told police her son had previously gotten into a fight with Martinez because Martinez had allegedly hit the victim's sister.
Artiaga has lived on the street for nearly seven years and has never seen anything like this.
"There's hardly any problem at all," she told KRQE News 13. "They're usually real quiet, and you hardly even know that they're there."
Farmer told detectives he tried to call police, but the answering machine was taking too long. He did not call 911.
He's charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
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