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Albuquerque police are searching for the driver of this gold Nissan Maxima in connection with shots fired at the KOAT-TV helicopter and satellite truck.

Albuquerque police are searching for the driver of this gold Nissan Maxima in connection with shots fired at the KOAT-TV helicopter and satellite truck.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police are asking the public to help find the person who shot at a local TV news station’s helicopter and satellite truck.

Police said they believe a gunman in a gold Nissan Maxima with turquoise New Mexico plates fired four or five rounds toward the KOAT-TV news station early Thursday, and some or all of those rounds struck the station’s helicopter, disabling it. The gunman also soon after fired one shotgun round into a satellite truck at a nearby park.

Police said they have a “very strong” lead in the case. The station’s general manager, Mary Lynn Roper, said that the helicopter will be disabled for the next couple of weeks, but that the station has access to another one in the meantime.

“We appreciate the efforts of APD to find who is responsible for this,” Roper said. “Sky 7 is a tool we use to serve the public interest. It has saved individuals and gives officials a bird’s-eye view when residents, communities or pueblos are in trouble.”

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