ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Police Department homicide detectives are still searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting a man in front of a coffee shop on Central downtown Wednesday morning.
Officer Simon Drobik, an APD spokesman, said shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a shooting in front of Central Grill and Coffee House on Central near Rio Grande Boulevard and the Old Town community police substation.
“Upon arrival, they observed rescue attending to a male who had been shot,” Drobik said. “Rescue immediately transported the subject to the hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.”
Police say there is “no known relationship between the victim and the offender,” and they are still investigating a motive.
They did not identify the victim.
Drobik said the responding officers saw the suspect, described as wearing all black and armed with a gun, and chased him into the bosque, less than a mile away.
That kicked off an all-day search.
APD’s SWAT team, K9 officers, open space units and the helicopter unit swarmed the area, scouring the eastern bank of the Rio Grande from the air, ground and water.
At one point police said they were looking for a white mountain bike with black trim in the area, but they have not said how the bike was connected to the crime or if it has been found.
Shortly before nightfall, Deputy Chief Harold Medina held a news conference to say they had not found the suspect. He said the suspect was seen at the edge of the river and may be wearing muddy clothes.
“We had the tactical section commander on scene rather quickly, and they felt comfortable that he was still in the bosque and they had him contained,” Medina said. “But it is a large area. … There are areas we could possibly have lost line of sight because of trees and the (curvature) of the river. We’re confident that he’s in there but there always is that possibility that he did break out of the perimeter.”
APD announced they had completed the search around 6:30 p.m. and were still empty-handed. Medina said detectives would use other means to try to identify and capture the suspect.
All lanes of Central were re-opened, as was the bosque open space.