April 23rd Morning Rush: Police search for suspect in southwest Albuquerque shooting


1. Police are searching for the suspect who they say shot and killed a man in the middle of an Albuquerque neighborhood. Police say it happened near 98th Street and Tower Road in southwest Albuquerque around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Officers say the victim has “federal ties.” Police have not released much information about the suspect, the victim or what led up to the shooting. At this time, police are also asking more witnesses to come forward. KRQE will continue to follow the investigation and provide updates as they become available. 

Full Story: APD: 1 person dead after shooting in southwest Albuquerque

2. A slow-moving storm just south of New Mexico will continue to trek east through the day. Another round of widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms and mountain snow will stretch over New Mexico Tuesday morning through evening. 

Full Story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

3. The leader of a civilian militia group patrolling the southern border in New Mexico is still in custody. Larry Hopkins is pleading not guilty to federal gun charges. The 69-year-old was arrested Saturday after reports his group was stopping migrants at gunpoint and detaining them before handing them over to border patrol. Court documents say the group’s been camped out near Sunland Park in southern New Mexico. Monday his attorney said the group believes it’s just helping border patrol agents do their jobs. However, Hopkins is a convicted felon so he can’t own guns. The feds say he’s been previously convicted of at least three felonies, including impersonating a peace officer in Oregon in 2006. Hopkins could face at least 10 years in prison.

Full Story: Arrested border group leader makes first court appearance

4. The New Mexico dad caught on camera encouraging his daughters to beat up another girl is preparing to begin serving time behind bars. Video taken back in August shows Mark Pappas calling another girl names while telling his daughter to hit her. Pappas was in court Monday and apologized to the girl and her family explaining his behavior as an emotional response to his daughter being bullied. The judge sentenced Pappas to 30 days in jail which he will serve over the next 15 weekends beginning this weekend.

Full Story: Man who encouraged 12-year-old daughter to fight learns sentence

5. With the kickoff to Summerfest less than two months away, the city is announcing the entertainment lineup. The concert series kicks off in the Heights on June 8 featuring New Orleans funk band, Dump-Sta-Phunk. Starship will perform at the Westside Summer Fest on Aug. 17.

Full Story: City announces Summer Fest lineup, Freedom Fourth headliner

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