Roswell police arrest man connected to shooting that injured four

New Mexico

Roswell police have made an arrest in a shooting that left four people injured at an underage party.

Blood still covers the sidewalk outside where a shooting happened on West College Boulevard in Roswell early Sunday.

Witnesses tell police 22-year-old Isaac Ray Chavez Jr. starting fighting with another man in front of a house where a party was being held. He then pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Next-door neighbor Randolph Crow looked out his window after hearing shots ring out.

“I think it’s senseless with a vicious intent,” said Crow. “No reasoning behind it.”

Four men — ages 18 to 21 — were hit. One victim was shot in the chest and is stable, the other three have non life-threatening injuries.

KRQE News 13 spoke to the homeowner off camera, who says the trouble came to the home and his friends were the victims.

“They’re really good neighbors. They go to college, and they have a job, too,” said Crow.

The reason for the fight is still unclear.

Police say a nearby officer saw some cars speed away from the scene.

“He followed them and attempted to pull them over…they didn’t stop. Turns out, those vehicles were taking some of the victims to the hospital,” said Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department spokesman.

Chavez Jr. Was arrested Sunday afternoon on several charges, including aggravated assault.

“We’re happy now that everybody’s doing okay. We have to say our prayers for one person that’s in Lubbock,” said Crow.

Police believe Chavez Jr. may not have been the only shooter. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying at least one other possible suspect.

If you have any information on the case, contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770.

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