Police search for shooter who targeted Carlsbad home

New Mexico News

A New Mexico family is on edge after a man shot at their house in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. It was caught on camera, and now police are searching for the shooter.

People on Algerita Street in Carlsbad thought it was just the Fourth of July coming early.

“I heard a loud, loud boom. It actually woke me up and I asked my husband what it was. He said, ‘I think it’s fireworks,” said Ida Valenzuela, a neighbor.

However, the Valdez family — who live in the home that was targeted — quickly realized that wasn’t the case Saturday night.

Security camera footage shows a car pass by, then shortly after, a man appears, shooting at the home and quickly running off.

“From the video, he looks very deliberate, like he was targeting that house for some reason,” said Carlsbad Police Det. Patrick Bryant.

The homeowner, Leon Sandate, said it happened with his daughter, her husband and two young kids inside.

“I just fear for their lives,” said Sandate.

He says the shooter was standing just yards away from the home, firing about 2-3 shots at it before taking off.

The Valdez family didn’t want to go on camera for safety reasons. They suspect it could be a case of mistaken identity.

“We want people to know that we’re not the previous owners that lived here before, if they have any beef with them, this is a whole new family,” said Sandate. “My daughter, my son in-law are just trying to raise their kids.”

Sandate said this is now the second time something like this has happened.

The first time was about two years ago, when they were renovating the house. The bullet holes are still visible. That’s why he says they put up security cameras in the first place.

“Now it’s on video and hopefully we can catch this guy,” said Sandate.

“Very thankful that no one was hurt, however, it’s still very serious,” said Det. Bryant.

Police say two shell casings were recovered.

The Valdez family says they now plan on getting better security cameras, motion sensor lights and signs letting people know they’re being recorded.

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