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Man charged in fatal shooting outside skate park

Steven Beck

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detectives arrested a suspect who they say shot a man to death outside a skate park Monday night.

Court records show it was the third time Steven Beck, 27, has threatened to shoot someone, but it was the only time he followed through.

Beck was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on Tuesday morning on an open count of murder in the death of 33-year-old Cody Raver outside Los Altos Skate Park.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, officers responded to a shooting at the skate park, near Lomas and Eubank NE, around 7:30 p.m. Raver was found on the sidewalk and died at the scene. He had been shot twice in the chest.

Witnesses told police Beck had fled to nearby Grants Middle School, where officers found him with a black handgun in his waistband.

Police say the incident started when Beck attacked two men in the parking lot of the skate park and a fight broke out. Afterward, Beck allegedly took out a gun and threatened the two men with it as he left.

Witnesses told police Raver caught wind of the commotion and asked “who had a gun” before following Beck down Lomas yelling, “Fight like a man!”

Police say Beck turned and ran toward Raver with the handgun pointed at him and shot him twice. A woman recorded the entire incident on her cellphone.

As he waited for detectives at the police station, Beck told an officer he “needed to defend his honor” and “had a bad few days and was very angry.”

Police say Beck then mimicked drawing a gun and said, “So I would shoot someone like this? I wouldn’t miss.”

Beck has been arrested and charged with threatening someone with a gun twice before, according to court records. Both incidents occurred on Feb. 2, 2017, at Howie’s Sports Page, a bar at Tramway and Montgomery NE.

Beck was arrested after a bar employee told police he had pointed a gun at him in the parking lot. Another man at the bar told police Beck punched him, knocking him to the ground, and pointed a gun at his forehead, saying, “I am going to kill you.”

Police say the man begged for his life, and Beck replied, “Why shouldn’t I shoot you?”

The case was eventually dismissed, and the .45-caliber handgun that police confiscated was returned to Beck in December 2018 after a court order.

It is unclear whether it was the same .45-caliber handgun he was found with after he allegedly shot Raver. Beck’s family declined to comment.

The Los Altos Skate Park was the scene of another shooting in 2015 when a fight between two groups escalated to gunfire. The incident left Jaquise Lewis, 17, dead and six others wounded. Police ruled Lewis’s death a justified homicide done in self-defense.

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