APD connects gun to multiple shootings, two homicides

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Albuquerque police say a gun used in a shooting last month is connected to a half dozen other shootings, including two murders. 

Detectives investigating a shooting on April 4 near Aztec and Tulane collected several bullet casings from the scene. APD’s bullet matching machine, called the NIBIN, linked those casings to six shootings, including a homicide four days later on April 8, as well as a homicide in 2017. 

APD has not provided any details on those murders, but police did arrest three teens in connection to the April 4 shooting, including Enrique Palomino. 

Palomino was one of the teens involved in the murder of Steven Gerecke in 2015. Gerecke confronted the teens while they were on a robbery spree. 

Earlier this week, Palomino admitted to violating his probation and was sent back to juvenile lockup until he’s 21.

The other two suspects in the April 4 shooting, 18-year-old Xavier Pino and 17-year-old Dominic Lopez, are both facing a long list of charges. Pino was also recently arrested in Torrance County for pointing a gun at a driver. 

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