ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting that happened at Ojos Locos Sports Cantina Thursday night, killing one and leaving three others wounded. The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. after “some kind of altercation” near the entrance of the restaurant, according to investigators. APD believes one person fired a gun during the shooting.
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At a news conference Friday morning, APD identified the victim as Lawrence Anzures, a 30-year old man from Albuquerque. APD says Anzures was a boxer. Several family members were outside the restaurant Friday morning, mourning Anzures’ death.
“We know how much again Lawrence was loved in this community,” says his cousin Valarie Anzures, “To the person who did this, there will be justice, either way, there’s going to be justice and people who know what happened, please come forward. This was an innocent life that was taken for no reason, no reason at all.”
“From what I understand, the young man was well-known, was a good, awesome individual from a good family here in Albuquerque,” said APD Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock. “He is going to be missed by a lot of people and right now we’re going to focus on trying to make that right the best we can.”
APD says the three people who were wounded are expected to recover from “non-life-threatening” injuries but remain hospitalized. APD says one of those injured is a restaurant employee.
The department is still looking for a suspect and continuing to interview witnesses. Officers declined to release any information about the suspect Friday, saying the case remains under investigation. “Because of the chaos of the scene, we’re trying to confirm descriptions and vehicles before we release anything prematurely,” Hartsock said.
“If anyone knows the person that committed this senseless act of violence, we also encourage you to reach out to us,” said Hartsock. “Any small piece of information can help and be the difference in turning this into an arrestable and prosecutable case so that the family and friends of Lawrence can get the justice they deserve.”
In a Saturday press conference, officials said APD is following up on leads, but there is still no confirmed suspect. “We are very concerned about folks feeling for possible retribution or intimidation about coming forward about this incident,” said Mayor Tim Keller.
Police say there was only one shooter but haven’t said if he was alone. The department is asking anyone that was in the restaurant Thursday night to contact investigators through Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP or 505-242-COPS.
Saturday, the city said it’s working with local law enforcement agencies on a short-term plan to reduce gun violence in the metro area and hope to make it public next month.