Victim shot in Santa Fe car theft; Police search for suspect

Crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police are investigating a car theft in Santa Fe that left one person injured due to gunfire on Monday. The Santa Fe Police Department reports that just before 9 a.m., officers responded to the area of the NM 599 Rail Runner Station following a report of a male being shot.

“I saw several police officers, several of them had their lights on. I would say there was probably about six of them,” a woman who took the Rail Runner out of the 599 station Monday morning said. “I missed it by five minutes, and it could’ve been me.”

Police say the 73-year-old victim was in his car when he was shot. After arriving at the scene, officers were notified the victim’s vehicle had been stolen by the suspect. The vehicle is described as a black 2020 Chrysler 300 sedan with a yellow New Mexico license plate that reads 145WSF. After receiving tips, police found the vehicle Monday afternoon in Albuquerque but did not specify where. They are still looking for the shooter.

“We’ve been running service for a month now since we’ve been shut down because of the pandemic for a while so it was rather alarming to think that this happened at one of our stations,” Augusta Meyers, Communications Manager for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express said.

This is the second shooting this month at a railroad station. “This was a little bit alarming to see that you know, in just the last week and this week that we’ve had two different situations. Even though they had nothing to do specifically with the train, the fact that they were in our facilities is quite concerning,” Meyers said. The Rail Runner is reminding everyone to not leave any valuables in their cars when in any parking lot. It is working with local police departments to resume frequent patrols of the stations now that the transit system is running again.

Authorities say the vehicle is believed to have traveled southbound on I-25 after the incident. At this time, police believe it was a random act and that the suspect and victim did not know each other. The victim, a 73-year-old male is in critical condition and was airlifted to UNMH.

Santa Fe Police report the case remains under active investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Detective Rebecca Hilderbrandt at 505-955-5265 or by calling 505-427-3710.

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