Hobbs teen shot after throwing banana at vehicle

New Mexico
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Hobbs Police say a 15-year-old teen was shot as payback for a thrown banana. Police tell the Hobbs News-Sun the incident took place after the Hobbs High School prom on Sunday.

According to authorities, the male victim and four other teen boys were driving on Grimes Street after purchasing bananas to throw at vehicles. One of the teens allegedly threw a banana at a vehicle that then swerved, and began chasing the teen boys in their car.

Witnesses that’s when someone inside the car opened fire. The teen was hit three times, in the right elbow, right leg and in the left forearm,  and is recovering at a Lubbock hospital. 

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the teen was in stable condition as of Monday. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Hernandez is charged with shooting from a motor vehicle and will be tried as an adult. 

Though the shooting took place hours after the Hobbs High School prom, interim chief of the Hobbs Police Department Brian Dunlap told the Hobbs News-Sun that the incident was not prom-related.

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