ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police said a man shot Saturday in southeast Albuquerque has died and the suspect(s) are still on the loose.
Multiple gunshots riddled a neighborhood that's been notorious for problems in the past. Neighbors said they want the violence to stop.
Residents who live in the international district, formerly known as the "war zone" said this certainly isn't the first time they've heard gunshots in their neighborhood.
"It's pretty scary," said Michael Ortiz, who lives near the crime scene.
It was the reaction from several neighbors after police said someone shot 28-year-old Michael Moore as he was driving his car just after 1 a.m. Saturday on Alvarado near San Mateo and Zuni.
Neighbors told KRQE News 13 they heard about five or six shots, then a car crash.
"I was watching TV and I heard a thump like a car hitting another car, and I heard somebody was braking or peeling out," said Ismael Torres.
It appeared the victim's car hit a parked car, then swerved into someone's fence.
APD said Moore was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Investigators are working to try and piece together exactly what happened.
By Saturday night, no suspects had been identified.
It's violence like this neighbors said comes as no surprise. "You can never know, a bullet can just come through the window, through the door, or you can just come out here and do something and get shot," said Ortiz.
Many residents have pushed for positive change. In 2009, Bernalillo County officials and the state re-named the area within the five neighborhoods between San Mateo and Eubank, and Gibson and Lomas, that used to be nicknamed the "war zone," to the international district .
"You have a population there that struggles with a lot of issues," said Maggie Hart Stebbins, Bernalillo County Commissioner for District 3. "And a lot of the crime that goes on there is related to those factors."
Hart Stebbins said positive change will take more time.
Right now, gunshots are something Mateo Sigwerth said he hears often.
"I've heard them down there, and up down there in the neighborhood," said Sigwerth. "I've heard it all around."
Online court records show the victim, Moore, does have some criminal history. He's been arrested on battery and drug charges in the past.
Police have not released any possible motive for his murder.
"Its kind of scary in this neighborhood but I'm not scared because I live with my grandpa, and he's really safe around me he'll protect me if anything comes in," Sigwerth told KRQE News 13.
Commissioner Hart Stebbins said the city hasn't made a huge investment into the international district until recently, to work on improving the area. She said there's also a high turn-around with residents in that area.
Investigators said they've been searching the area of the crime scene and questioning residents, but they still do not have any leads in Moore's murder.
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