APD, AFR meet with Nob Hill business owners following homicide - Albuquerque Journal

APD, AFR meet with Nob Hill business owners following homicide

Albuquerque police and firefighters met with concerned business owners and employees at a Nob Hill bar Tuesday afternoon following the fatal shooting of a University of New Mexico baseball player last weekend.

The meeting inside Imbibe Nob Hill allowed managers, bouncers and shop keepers to ask questions and vent their frustrations with crime in the area and what they called a lack of police presence.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said the sit-down was part of APD’s new Shooting Response Protocol to send out officers within 72 hours of a homicide to speak with businesses and residents.

Police say 23-year-old Jackson Weller was fatally shot around 2 a.m. Saturday outside Imbibe, at Central and Richmond NE. No arrests have been made, and police have not released any details about the shooting.

The slaying shocked the community and stirred outrage from athletic organizations, local politicians and authorities who have vowed to find those responsible.

On Tuesday, police and firefighters offered counseling services to those who may have seen Weller’s slaying, promised to assign a couple officers to the area late Friday and Saturday nights and to keep the Girard and Central police substation open until 2 or 3 a.m.

But those working in the area day-to-day had more questions and told such stories as vicious brawls in the streets, men wielding knives inside shops and needle-strewn alleyways.

They wondered what they can do to protect themselves, why they have the crowds of Downtown Albuquerque but not the same level of police presence and claimed the day following Weller’s slaying was the slowest they’ve been in the past several years because people were “afraid to come here.”

Luis Enrique Valdovinos, who owns a Last Call in Nob Hill and Downtown, said the police presence between the two areas is “night and day.”

“Two officers — that’s better than nothing — but it’s two officers against a crowd of 2,000 people,” he said. “It’s just not enough.”

However, Valdovinos said he was optimistic that APD would follow through on keeping the area safer for local businesses and residents.

“It’s unfortunate that we would have to meet under these circumstances,” he said. “… But something’s going to get done because of it. I think that’s all better for the whole community.”

The officers told those present the meeting was the first of many and they hoped to gain more resources for a heavier police presence. They also encouraged local businesses to look out for one another, and officers handed out their contact information so they could keep in touch.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » APD, AFR meet with Nob Hill business owners following homicide


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
State urged safety upgrades for site of fatal Amtrak ...
ABQnews Seeker
A Missouri Department of Transportation plan ... A Missouri Department of Transportation plan released this year cited a need to improve safety at the rail crossing where an Amtrak train and ...
2
Water worries
ABQnews Seeker
Ash, debris from burned trees threaten ... Ash, debris from burned trees threaten acequias
3
US Marshals in ABQ shoot, kill fugitive who left ...
ABQnews Seeker
Investigators say man was armed with ... Investigators say man was armed with gun
4
Governor appoints new IT secretary
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico hoping for broadband expansion ... New Mexico hoping for broadband expansion to rural areas
5
Freedom 4th Celebration is back in ABQ after absence
ABQnews Seeker
Thanks to generous amounts of recent ... Thanks to generous amounts of recent rainfall, the grass is lush and green at Balloon ...
6
Rains ease drought, but flooding threats loom
ABQnews Seeker
Some portions of state received over ... Some portions of state received over half their typical average rainfall
7
More support sought for early childhood education
ABQnews Seeker
Land Grant Permanent fund would be ... Land Grant Permanent fund would be drawn on
8
Sunday shooting deaths of husband, wife will be investigated ...
ABQnews Seeker
Son had been charged with killing ... Son had been charged with killing father; father suspected of killin
9
Court filing: Phone seized from Trump lawyer
ABQnews Seeker
John Eastman, who lives in Santa ... John Eastman, who lives in Santa Fe, says contents are privileged, demands return