A husband who suspected that his wife was having an affair with another man opened fire at an Albuquerque horse arena Sunday, fatally wounding the man, police said.
The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in front of several witnesses at an outdoor horse arena used to practice rodeo and other equestrian events near 98th and Volcano, Albuquerque Deputy Police Chief Beth Paiz said.
The victim, Reinaldo Hernandez, 43, was shot multiple times in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital.
Police rushed to the scene after the shooting. After several witnesses pointed out the shooting suspect, officers ordered the man to place his gun on the ground and surrender, Sgt. Dennis Barela said. Alberto Orrellys, 42, complied and was arrested.
Orrellys has been charged with one count of murder, one count of aggravated assault on a household member and three counts of endangering a child’s life or health.
Preliminary investigation showed that Orrellys suspected that Hernandez was having an affair with his wife. When Orrellys arrived at the horse arena, he saw his wife talking to Hernandez.
“The offender then went to his truck and armed himself with a gun,” Paiz said. “When he returned, he shot the other man several times.” Officers recovered the handgun apparently used in the shooting, she said.
Police responded in force, because Orrellys was reported to be armed and still at the scene, Paiz said.
Among the information being investigated was a report that some of the witnesses may have stepped between Hernandez and Orrellys, preventing further shooting, Paiz said.