A 19-year-old accused of murder allegedly shot and killed another man because the man was short $1 for a heroin purchase, according to Albuquerque police.
Witnesses told detectives that 28-year-old James Lucero purchased $18 worth of heroin from 19-year-old Daryl Martinez Saturday morning. Martinez later accused Lucero of shorting him $3. The two argued and Lucero gave Martinez all the cash he had, $2.
Martinez was still angry. He shot and killed Lucero over the remaining $1, police said.
Martinez was charged with an open count of murder Tuesday. He is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
Police said Lucero died at the scene.
An arrest warrant released Sunday states that Martinez shot and killed Lucero around 2 a.m. Saturday near the 6100 block of Harper NE.
A witness told police that Martinez, Lucero, Lucero’s brother and a couple of women were in an apartment listening to music and the witness “could feel some type of tension in the air” between Martinez and Lucero.
The witness said that when the Lucero brothers left to pick up a friend, Martinez followed them outside and said to Lucero, “Next time don’t forget, you better have all of it.”
Residents said they heard two gunshots, followed by a short pause, and then two more shots.
A witness told police Martinez was holding a handgun while standing over Lucero with a blank stare on his face, according to the warrant.
When officers arrived, they found Lucero dead from apparent bullet wounds to the chest. Martinez had already fled the scene.
Marycruz Saucedo, a resident of the apartment complex, said she awoke to the sound of gunshots and peeked outside her window.
Saucedo said that when the man with the gun saw her, he yelled, “Look out the window again, I’ll shoot you.”
The arrest warrant states that Martinez threatened to kill other people at the apartment if they said anything about the shooting.
The Albuquerque Police Department Gang Unit, along with members of the United States Marshals Service SWIFT task force, located Martinez at a friend’s house on Tuesday evening and followed him to a parking lot near Duranes and Rice NW, where they arrested him, according to a Marshals Service spokesman.
The Saturday morning shooting occurred at the same apartment complex where State Police shot Roxanne Torres in mid-July as she fled from an apartment while police were executing an arrest warrant on someone else.
Torres survived her injuries after fleeing in a stolen vehicle to a Grants hospital.