Teen arrested for fatal April shooting in drug deal gone wrong

Albuquerque Police say it was a murder over marijuana.

Tuesday, police arrested 15-year-old Gabriel Martinez Tuesday who is now charged with murder, conspiracy and attempt to commit a violent felony. 

The charges stem from a Friday afternoon shooting in April in a neighborhood near Central Avenue and 98th Street in southwest Albuquerque. 

Clifford Patterson, 20, was killed in the shooting. Police say Patterson was shot in the back of the head as he sat inside of a car at the end of a cul-de-sac.  

According to a criminal complaint, the shooting stemmed from a drug deal. 

It happened around 4 p.m. on April 20. Police say Patterson and his friend were inside of a sedan at the end of Gemstone Road when Martinez and two of Martinez’s friends got in the car. 

According to a criminal complaint, Martinez and his friends had arranged to buy a quarter-pound of marijuana for $525. Police say in the middle of the drug deal, a suspect named “Damien” pulled a gun and shot Patterson in the back of the head, killing him instantly. 

Police say a gunfight followed the murder, as Patterson’s friend shot at Martinez and the other two suspects. Police say Martinez was shot in each leg during the gunfight and later dropped off at a local hospital. 

Martinez refused to answer any question for the media Tuesday after Albuquerque Police walked him to a cruiser. 

However, according to the complaint, Martinez told people about his plan in the days before the shooting on Facebook Messenger. 

According to the complaint, two days before the shooting, Martinez told a friend “we gonna shoot him bro … and take everything” speaking of a planned meeting with a drug dealer. 

Albuquerque Police say they’re working to arrest the other two suspects in the case, including the accused shooter. 

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