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Teens arrested in after-school gunfight

Officers respond to a crash near Albuquerque High School that police say started as a shooting and car chase on February 20. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

Eddie Vallejos, 18 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four teenagers are accused of getting into a gunfight on the road near Albuquerque High School late last month. Police say the shooting was sparked by a possible gang rivalry and ended when one of the cars crashed into a yard.

Nobody was injured in the Feb. 20 incident and, after a monthlong investigation, Eddie Vallejos, 18, Josue Reyes, 17, John Valles, 16, and Izeal Adams, 16, were arrested this week.

Second Judicial District Attorney spokesman Michael Patrick said the four face charges ranging from shooting at or from a motor vehicle, possession of a deadly weapon and carrying a deadly weapon on campus.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Police responded to the crash near Edith and Lomas NE around 3 p.m.

They found Vallejos and Reyes standing beside a black Mercedes-Benz that had crashed into a fence with a bullet hole in its windshield.

Officers found a dozen bullet casings at the scene, and the boys told police two other teens in a red Mustang shot at them as they were driving along Edith.

Detectives discovered that, prior to the shooting, the two had been in a fight with Adams and Valles outside Albuquerque High School, and police say, all four belonged to rival gangs.

Valles told police a black car followed him and Adams after school before a passenger shot at them and shattered the back window. Valles said he fired a pistol at the black car and handed the gun to Adams, who also fired shots before they lost them, police say.

Police say Valles denied knowing who was in the black car or why they were being shot at but told the detective that he and Adams are in a gang.

According to the complaint Valles’ parents, who own the car the boys were in, turned the car over to detectives with a shattered window and a bullet hole in the bumper.

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