ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Copyright © 2014 Albuquerque Journal
Marcos Delgado and his ex-girlfriend, Anna Vigil, were planning on registering their son for school Friday afternoon, police said.
Instead, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said Delgado shot and killed Vigil during a “fit of jealous rage,” also shooting three other women and a dog around mid-day during the drive-by shooting at an auto detailing shop at 3426 Vassar NE.
Delgado – a 46-year-old convicted felon who was born in Juárez, Mexico – was still on the loose late Saturday night.
Police have alerted federal and local law enforcement, including State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI and others, to be on the lookout for him. Eden warned during a Saturday news conference to consider Delgado armed and dangerous, and asked the public for help finding him.
Delgado’s black Dodge Charger was found on Tokay NE on Saturday afternoon and police were obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle, a police spokeswoman said.
Police identified the woman killed as 27-year-old Anastasia Vigil, also known as Anna, who died after being shot three times, once in the head and twice in the shoulder.
The remaining victims, all of them women, had non-life-threatening injuries, Eden said.
One of the women was pregnant and was shot once in the back. The fetus was unharmed, according to information in an arrest warrant issued for Delgado.
Another was shot once in the right buttock.
And the third woman was shot once in her left shoulder, once in her right thigh and once in her right calf. One of the women was released from the hospital, police said Saturday.
Delgado now faces the following charges: an open count of murder, three counts of attempt to commit a violent felony, extreme animal cruelty, shooting at or from a motor vehicle with great bodily harm, shooting at an occupied dwelling or building with great bodily harm and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the arrest warrant.
Eden said Delgado drove to the auto detailing shop – Complete Mobile Detailing – on Vassar NE, near Candelaria and Girard, early Friday afternoon. He spotted Vigil’s current boyfriend – identified as Adam Anderson by KOAT-TV – talking to Vigil outside of her vehicle, a green sedan, referred to as a teal Dodge Stratus in the arrest warrant affidavit.
Delgado then rammed his black Dodge Charger into the car, knocking Anderson to the ground, and opened fire on him.
Anderson told police he saw Delgado pull out a black handgun and shoot at him four to five times, and he hid behind a power box, according to the warrant.
“Adam said he dove as he saw bullet holes going through the door,” the warrant reads.
He then saw Vigil had been shot, “heard the car accelerating” and told everyone in the shop to get down.
The car drove from the south back to the north where the victims were and opened fire again. Anderson saw Vigil had been shot again and went to check on her.
“I knew at that point it was bad, everything was bad,” Anderson told KOAT. “I just wanted her to know that my last words to her (were) I love her.”
The three other women were apparently inside the shop when they were shot.
A pit bull was also shot, twice on its rear end, and is expected to survive. The dog was taken by animal control.
Eden said it was unknown whether Vigil knew or was related to any of the other three victims. The warrant states that two of the women were related, but didn’t know Vigil. Anderson told police he had been dating Vigil for a year and Delgado found out about six months ago.
Delgado allegedly sent several threatening texts to his ex-girlfriend minutes before the shooting. “My name is not on the birth certificate” he wrote shortly after 11 a.m., according to the warrant. At noon, he texted her again: “You tell that (expletive) I’m going to go for him.” And again, seconds later: “U stupid (expletive) u answered your phone I heard Adam.”
Paramedics arrived and tried to keep Vigil alive, applying tourniquets. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:20 p.m., according to the warrant.
Eden could not say what type of gun was used. He said more than a dozen shots were fired, though the department is still investigating exactly how many there were.
At the shop, 13 bullet holes riddled the lower half of the door. One bullet went into the wall just left of the door. A light was on outside, but nobody answered the door Saturday.
Online state court records show that Delgado pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to distribute in 2005.
In the past, he has been charged with possession of drugs, resisting/evading arrest and battery against a household member in separate incidents, but all those charges were dropped, though the battery charge could be re-filed, the court records show.
He filed for divorce from another woman – not Vigil – in 2002, though it’s unclear if that was ever finalized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.