‘Just get down on the ground’: Stray bullets fly through dental office

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a close call for employees at an Albuquerque dental office after bullets came flying through the building and the scary moments were caught on surveillance video. The video, captured by a webcam set up in the dental office, shows employees at Kids First Dental Care ducking for cover after a stray bullet flies right through the front window of the office at Zuni Rd. and Charleston St.


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“I just started, you know, asking the patients in the lobby and staff to get down, just get down on the ground,” said the manager. Glass and pieces of the window shutters can be seen in the video flying everywhere. The manager says there were at least nine patients in the building at the time of the shooting.

The shutters are broken and there’s a hole where the bullet hit the wall. There’s another hole on the outside of the building just inches from the front door.

“For a split second I wondered if someone might be just walking through our parking lot shooting,” the manager said. “So I did grab the keys and I snuck through and locked the front door.”

A client was in his car in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. “He mentioned that he thought he saw one car heading eastbound and one car heading westbound exchanging fire,” said the manager. She says it’s not uncommon to hear gunfire in the area but it’s never been this close.

They say a car in the parking lot was also hit. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident. KRQE News 13 reached out to the Albuquerque Police Department about the shooting, they say they’re looking into the report but could not give us any immediate information.

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