ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –The Albuquerque Police Department is searching for a man suspected of shooting and killing another man on Central Avenue near Rio Grande Wednesday morning after a suspected road rage incident. The shooting happened around 8:40 a.m. along Central Avenue, near an ART bus station and Central Grill and Coffee House restaurant.
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“There’s still further investigation needed, but it did look like individuals in two different vehicles were in some sort of confrontation leading up to this spot right here,” APD Communications Director Gilbert Gallegos said Wednesday afternoon. “There are a lot of surveillance cameras in the area and there were witnesses around at the same time so, we have information we’re following upon.”
APD has yet to release any information about the suspect or what car he was driving. Police tentatively identified the victim as a male from Albuquerque, but have not released the victim’s name or age. Gallegos said Wednesday the victim is “not a tourist,” noting how the surrounding Old Town area is a popular place for tourists, particularly during the week of the Balloon Fiesta.
Several witnesses saw the shooting and tried to help the victim shortly after the incident unfolded, APD said. However, the victim died at the scene. “I personally know someone who was at this scene and tried to provide aid,” Gallegos said. “It’s always shocking to the people who witness something like this, but they were there quickly and tried to provide aid.”
Central Avenue was blocked off to through traffic between Rio Grande and Lomas Blvd. Wednesday afternoon.
This is the second fatal shooting in the area in the last three years. In January 2019, a man shot another man on Central near Rio Grande, leading to a day-long manhunt in the Bosque and the surrounding area. The suspect was identified in September 2020 as Elijah Amos and accused of first-degree murder among other charges. Amos has yet to stand trial in the case.