ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detectives have launched an investigation after a child under 12 was shot in a Northeast Albuquerque home Sunday evening, according to a department spokesman.
The child, whose gender and exact age have not been released, is in critical condition.
“This is very, very active, all of this information is very preliminary,” Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik said at a news conference. “I can confirm we have one child under the age of 12 down at a local hospital being worked on by doctors.”
Drobik said officers were dispatched to a house in the 6700 block of Kelly NE, near Paseo del Norte and San Pedro, around 5:15 p.m. Sunday. He provided few details, but said the shooting took place inside of the residence.
The investigation initially also involved a search for two other children who live in the home who were ultimately found in Southeast Albuquerque.
“This is a family home and three kids live in this house,” Drobik said. “Somehow they were moved after this incident happened.”
Drobik said those children are not old enough to drive and they are not considered perpetrators. They have been placed on an emergency 48-hour hold and are in the custody of detectives and the Children,Youth and Families Department, Drobik said.
In an update around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Drobik said detectives are in the process of interviewing numerous witnesses at three locations.
“Violent Crimes detectives along with APD’s (Crimes Against Children Unit) will be working diligently throughout the night,” Drobik said.