At least 27 shots fired into Albuquerque parking lot, damaging cars


An Albuquerque man buying groceries on Tuesday night, never expected to become the victim of a drive-by shooting. 

When Larry was leaving a Smith’s store, he found his car at the center of a crime scene, riddled with bullet holes. 

He can point out not one, not two, but seven bullet holes in the body of his Hyundai Sonata. 

Larry says Tuesday night at the Smith’s on Yale and Coal, his car was sprayed with bullets during a drive-by shooting, while he was inside shopping. 

“I was going through the self-checkout when the sales clerk there said, ‘Oh there was a shooting in the parking lot,'” said Larry.

His car wasn’t the only one hit. 

“Somebody said they had a broken window,” said Larry. 

Albuquerque Police say at least 27 shots were fired, hitting four different cars and somehow missing any people in the area.

“Maybe it’s a gang initiation thing, you gotta go by and shoot some cars,” said Larry. 

“We’re very fortunate nobody got hurt. This is a violent crime, obviously. Cars did get damaged,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik.

Police say they don’t believe the shooter was targeting anyone specifically. They think the suspect was just firing off rounds, wreaking havoc. 

“They left evidence behind. A lot of times when people do these crimes those guns are used in other crimes, so we collected that evidence and we’re going to put it through our system to see if it comes back from any other shootings,” said Officer Drobik. 

Regardless, they say it’s astonishing that no one was hurt. 

APD says the surveillance cameras at Smith’s didn’t catch any footage of the drive-by. They’re looking for anyone who may have seen anything. 

Police say they believe there was only one shooter. If you have any information on who is responsible, call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP. 

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