911 call details shootout in Lovington; teen left critically injured

New Mexico News

A fight between two Lovington teenagers posted on social media led to a shootout, leaving a 16-year-old in critical condition.

A 911 call from Oct. 9 details the scary events during the shootout.

Victim: “They’re shooting at us.”

Dispatch: “Shots fired. Shots fired.”

It was a confrontation, police say, was fueled by a fight between two teenage girls posted on Facebook.

Dispatch: “Can you see anything?”

Victim: “No, I’m ducked down.”

Police say 21-year-old Gabriel Ruiz, 24-year-old Cristian Rivera, 14-year-old Lexi Nave, and a 16-year-old boy went to a home on North Eddy Street just after 11 p.m.

Dressed in bandanas and hoodies, three of them went to the front door, tried to kick it in, then fired several shots.

Ruiz was allegedly armed with an AK-47, the teen with a 9 mm. 

Dispatch: “How many people was it?”

Victim: “It was about four. I didn’t see faces.”

Neighbor Debra Tabor says she came home to cops and the house taped off.

“I was nervous, because it involved kids,” said Tabor. “It hasn’t always been this way here.”

“A simple fight between two juvenile girls turned into a gun fight,” said Lovington Police Det. Sgt. David Miranda. 

Officials say there have been three shootings in Lovington in the past two years, all of them involving minors.

“In this case, as in some of the other ones, social media fomented the situation and made it a lot worse where it had to be settled,” said Miranda.

“It all starts at home. It all starts with the parents. Parents need to have more control on what’s going on in their child’s life,” said Tabor.

The only person who was shot was the 16-year-old suspect, after someone from inside the home shot back.

The District Attorney’s office determined the gunfire from inside the house was self-defense, and nobody inside the home will be charged.

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