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Police stop search for armed man after woman shot in NE Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police have called off a search for an armed man Thursday night after a woman was shot and injured in northeast Albuquerque, according to a police spokesman.

Albuquerque police spokesman Daren DeAguero said officers did not find any suspects.

He said police responded to the area of Morningside and Menaul NE after a woman was shot and several people reported seeing a man armed with a rifle nearby.

DeAguero said the woman was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and is in stable condition.

“At this time we do not know if the two incidents are related,” he said earlier Thursday night.

DeAguero said several nearby businesses were also put on lock down as officers searched for the suspect.

Bethany Coburn said a friend was dropping her and Rachel Wainwright off at their cars after getting food at a nearby restaurant.

“He hadn’t even put it in park yet and we hear the gunshots,” Coburn told the Journal Thursday night. “It sounded like somebody was throwing something at the truck, and that’s when the window shattered.”

Coburn said two people in the parking lot shot at them several times before the three realized what was happening and drove off.

She said that’s when Wainwright touched her leg and her hand came back with blood on it.

“She said, ‘They hit me,'” Coburn said. “We just took off and went to the hospital”

She said they took Wainwright to Presbyterian Downtown Hospital.

Coburn said Wainwright had been shot in both legs and was taken into the Emergency Room.

“I don’t know who it would be, it couldn’t have have been personal,” she said. “It’s just scary that it’s so random, we literally didn’t do anything.”