ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man may never walk again and two people are behind bars after a dispute erupted in gunfire early Monday morning at a home in southwest Albuquerque.
Andrea Jenkins, 40, and Delilah Moya, 36, are charged with attempted murder in connection to a shooting that left Mario Morales clinging to life and without the use of his legs. Jenkins, the alleged shooter, also faces a count of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Deputies say Morales will likely be paralyzed due to a bullet hitting his spinal cord and is already set to undergo numerous surgeries to try and save his life.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, deputies found Morales surrounded by shell casings on Moya’s back porch in the 700 block of Luna SW, a few blocks from Bridge and Old Coors, around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
He had been shot several times and was taken to a hospital.
Moya’s father, Sammy Moya, lives at the home as well and told deputies he heard gunshots and came outside to see Morales wounded on the porch — mumbling that “Dre” was responsible.
Deputies say Moya’s relatives said Jenkins, the father of Moya’s two children, was known as “Dre” and had been around earlier in the evening. In between surgeries Morales picked Jenkins out of a photo lineup as his shooter.
Deputies found Moya and her two children at Jenkins’ home and took her into custody.
Moya told deputies Jenkins and Morales had been fighting hours before she took Jenkins to her house where Morales was living.
“(Moya) admitted to leaving (Jenkins) at her home and heard gunshots as she was leaving,” a detective wrote.
Deputies say Moya changed her story “numerous times” but always placed herself in close proximity to the crime and “conspired” with Jenkins in the shooting.
Sammy Moya told the Journal he didn’t know what led to the shooting but said he hopes Morales recovers from his injuries.
“We just hope he makes it, he didn’t deserve that,” Moya said. “He’s a good guy.”