ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People in an Albuquerque neighborhood say a man shot round after round at their homes putting their families in danger.
“This was probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me, for sure,” said a woman named Angela, who did not want her last name used.
Angela and her husband Jonathan say they were asleep early Saturday morning with their 2-week-old daughter, when they awoke to gunshots.
“I came and I opened up this window and looked and standing between the corners of our yards, he was just standing there shooting his firearm,” said Jonathan, who did not want his last name used.
They say that man was shooting at their home, and their neighbors’ homes, over and over again.
“Once my husband heard the first real round of gunshots, I woke up to him screaming at me to go and run and hide in the bathtub,” said Angela.
That’s where the couple and their baby spent the next few hours. They say they called 911 repeatedly. Their neighbor, Tim Cox, was scared too.
“It was extremely terrifying, I mean, I’ve never experienced something like that,” said Cox.
Albuquerque Police say they went out to the neighborhood near Tramway and Copper around 4 a.m. but the suspect had stopped firing and went back inside. They say because firing off a gun in this manner is only a misdemeanor, they didn’t think it was worthy of calling in a SWAT team to confront him, so they left. Neighbors say they can’t understand that.
Jonathan said, “He basically endangered the entire neighborhood, he turned our neighborhood into Swiss cheese.”
Neighbors say the shooting started up again after officers left. Even worse, they say it happened again Saturday night around 10 p.m.
This time, Angela and Jonathan grabbed the baby and left. Sunday afternoon you could see the damage left behind, including bullet holes on homes and bullets on the ground.
Jonathan also pointed out just how dangerous this could have been. The couple’s grill was hit, barely missing a propane tank. They were hiding on the other side of the wall.
Angela said, “It’s the feeling that you don’t know how to protect your family.”
APD says the shooter will receive a summons. They would not release his name Sunday. Neighbors gave KRQE News 13 a name and date of birth. He is not being named because he hasn’t been charged, but that person has been arrested for shooting at a dwelling before and is currently out on bond for a July 2015 incident of that nature. He’s set to be arraigned on those charges in July 18th.
KRQE News 13 did go to that house the man was shooting from and is told his aunt lives there. No one answered the door, but the home and a car were also covered in bullet holes.