ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A child was taken to the hospital in critical condition following a shooting during a domestic violence incident in southwest Albuquerque Thursday morning, according to police.
Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department responded to the shooting shortly before 3 a.m. at a home in the 8900 block of Lower Meadow Trail, off of Unser Boulevard SW. Police said a man at the home called 911 and said his girlfriend shot him. The man said the girlfriend’s young son was also injured in the shooting, according to police.
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Neighbors who didn’t want to go on camera told KRQE, they awoke to people arguing then gunshots around 3 a.m. “It’s a really quiet neighborhood. That’s why for this to happen here, so close to home, it’s like, wow, like… you never thought it could be right next door to your house,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to go on camera.
APD says the boy who was shot was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and the man was shot in the leg. Distressed neighbors still call the situation frightening, while describing seeing police taking someone into custody overnight. “When my daughter had woke me up to tell me, and when I looked out, I seen the ambulance leaving, but my daughter, they did see an individual laying on the floor. There was a lady getting arrested, cause, when I looked out, she was getting arrested right in front of my house,” said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.
At the scene, investigators had evidence markers in the street marking a trail of blood from the home where the shooting happened in and out to neighbor’s driveways. “A real tragedy in that case as well, this 7-year-old was put in harm’s way, and our detectives have been working all day with the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges should be filed, we did determine the mother will face some charges,” said Gilbert Gallegos Jr., APD spokesperson.
APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating the incident.