Police say it was a 17-year-old who shot and killed an Albuquerque mail carrier Monday.
The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. in the Sunrise Meadows neighborhood near 98th Street and Tower Road. According to a criminal complaint, 17-year-old Xavier Zamora was involved in a domestic dispute with his mother.
Police say the postal worker tried to intervene. When Zamora got physical with him, the worker maced Zamora. That’s when Zamora went back into the house and returned with a gun, shooting the mailman.
The incident has left neighbors stunned.
“It’s horrible, it’s horrible, somebody trying to help out a neighbor,” said Britt Bare, who lives near the crime scene but wasn’t in the neighborhood when the shooting happened.
After the shooting, Zamora barricaded himself in his house for hours. SWAT was called in.
At this time, Albuquerque Police have not said if Zamora was taken into custody. However, they say federal investigators have taken over the case since the postal worker is a federal employee. The name of the postal worker has not been released.