Police identify two suspects in Valentine’s Day road rage shooting

Police have identified two suspects in a Valentine’s Day road rage shooting that nearly killed a man. 

The shooting happened on I-25 south near the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit, leaving one driver with a bullet wound to both of his legs.

Wednesday, Albuquerque Police issued arrest warrants for 22-year-old Steven Lovato and 22-year-old Oneisha Herrera. Police say both played a role in the incident. 

“Ultimately, these people who shot into a vehicle on purpose injured another individual over nothing,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik. 

According to a criminal complaint, Herrera is facing reckless driving and harboring a felon charges, while Lovato is accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting from a motor vehicle charges. 

In the days since the shooting, police say they’ve gathered evidence indicating the couple’s connection to the alleged crime, including an apparent Facebook post that indicates Lovato’s possible involvement. 

As of Wednesday, the two suspects were not in custody.

“We need the public’s help to find out where they are, and these two individuals need to turn themselves in,” said Drobik. 

The shooting happened on Valentine’s Day around 10:30 in the morning. According to a criminal complaint, the victim told police he was on I-40 west near Wyoming Boulevard when a dark blue SUV cut him off, forcing him onto the shoulder. 

The complaint states that the victim made an “obscene finger gesture” toward the SUV. Police believe Oniesha Herrera was behind the wheel and followed the victim’s car on to I-25 south toward the MLK exit.  

Police believe Steven Lovato was in the passenger seat and fired a gun at the victim near the MLK exit. The suspect vehicle then took off.

The victim pulled over and called police as he was bleeding from a gunshot wound to his left calf. He’s expected to survive his injuries. 

According to the criminal complaints against Lovato and Herrera, police received a tip Wednesday claiming that Lovato had been “bragging” about the incident on Facebook. Police say the tipster told them that Lovato posted a comment “stating he shaved his beard and was hiding in Espanola” with his girlfriend, Oniesha Herrera. 

Police are hoping that the suspects will now turn themselves in. 

“There’s really no escape, you need to turn yourselves in and do the right thing and face these charges,” said Drobik. 

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