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Updated: Police Search For Suspect in Teen Shooting


Jose Rodriquez, 17, is wanted in the shooting of Javier Vasquez at Lower Pat Hurley Park on Monday.


An arrest warrant has been issued for Rodriquez who allegedly shot Vasquez and then kicked him at the park on Monday, according to a court document.

On Monday, a large number of vehicles from two car clubs, Young Ryder’s and El Compa, arrived at the park about 7 p.m. Monday. Both car clubs were at opposite ends of the park.

Some females from the opposing car clubs began to fight. A number of people tried to stop the fight.

A male from one of the car clubs went to a black Chevrolet Tahoe and pulled out a handgun and began firing. Another person from the Young Ryder’s car club also pulled out a handgun and began to fire, according to the court document.

It was not immediately known who fired into the crowd and who fired into the air.

People from the two car clubs began to scatter, get into numerous vehicles, and flee from the park.

A juvenile from the Young Ryder’s group was hit by several bullets and was lying in the park’s parking lot. He was later identified as 15-year-old Javier Vasquez.

Two of Vasquez’s friends picked him up, put him inside a Chrysler 300 and were on their way to take Vasquez to a hospital. Vasquez’s friends also called 911 and were told by a dispatcher to pull over and wait for police and emergency rescue units, according to the court document.

They pulled over near the Beach Apartments at Central and Tingley Beach NW. Vasquez was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital with gunshot wounds to his thigh and another to his back.

One of the bullets fragmented, puncturing Vasquez’s lung and penetrating his spine. Vasquez is now paralyzed, according to a court document.

The next day, a witness told Albuquerque police that a shooter, later identified as Rodriquez, shot Vasquez in the back and then kicked Vasquez. The witness said the other shooter was shooting up in the air, according to the court document.

Rodriquez and another male then got into the black Chevrolet Tahoe and sped away.

The witness later saw the Tahoe at an apartment complex on Chelwood NE, according to the court document.

Police are still searching for Rodriquez.



Albuquerque police have identified a teen shot at a park Monday night as Javier Vasquez.


Vasquez, 15, was shot in the leg and torso at lower Pat Hurley Park. One of the bullets fragmented and struck his spine causing the teen to become paralyzed, according to Albuquerque police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman.

Police have no suspects in custody at this time.



Police looking for Chevy Tahoe, white Hummer in connection with Monday night incident.

A 15-year-old boy was reported in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital after being shot in the back and in the thigh Monday night near Atrisco Drive and Central NW, KOB-TV reported.

No suspects were in custody but police were looking for a Chevy Tahoe and a white Hummer in connection with the incident, KOB-TV was reporting this morning.

The shooting occurred just before 7:20 p.m. Monday at Lower Pat Hurley Park, located near Rincon and Regina roads NW, the Albuquerque Journal reported last night.

The teen was driven to the Beach Apartments at Central and Tingley Beach NW where he was found by police and taken to the hospital, the Journal said.

Investigators were on the scene late last night piecing together evidence and interviewing as many as 20 witnesses, according to KOB-TV. One woman told police she heard as many as 20 shots fired from what sounded like an automatic weapon.

According to Eyewitness News 4, the teen may have been involved with a group of car enthusiasts who frequently met in the area.



8:00pm 1/3/11 — Teen Shot at Albuquerque Park: Albuquerque police are investigating a shooting at lower Pat Hurley Park.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in his right thigh just before 7:20 p.m. Monday at the park located at 3828 Rincon Road NW, according to Albuquerque police spokesman Rob Gibbs.

Police were called out to the park regarding possible shots fired, but did not find anyone who had been shot there. Police later learned that the teen, who had been shot at the park, was placed into a Chrysler 300 and driven to the Beach Apartments located at Central and Tingley Beach SW, according to Gibbs.

Police later found the teen at the apartment complex.

He was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital for a bullet wound to his thigh. The bullet went through his leg, Gibbs said.

Police are trying to determine who shot the teen and why. The investigation is ongoing.



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