SANTA FE – Santa Fe police say that 16-year-old Hunter Woods could face additional charges now that the man he is accused of shooting in defense of his mother last month has died.
Woods is already facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence stemming from the shooting of 39-year-old Ricardo Magana, who died at University of New Mexico Hospital over the weekend.
“An autopsy is forthcoming to confirm if Mr. Magana’s death was the result of injuries sustained from the shooting, at which time a determination regarding charges against Hunter Woods will be made,” SFPD said in a news release.
Woods was arrested May 7, more than a week after he allegedly shot Magana in defense of his mother and a few days after he was suspected of being involved in two other shooting incidents, and is in custody at the Santa Fe County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Woods allegedly shot Magana in the stomach with a shotgun at close range before fleeing an apartment at the Avaria of Santa Fe complex on Lorca Drive. Police records indicate that Woods’ mother called 911 to report that her boyfriend tried to attack her with a baseball bat and her son “intervened with a shotgun.” She said her son fired a warning shot to stop Magana and then fired a second shot that hit him directly. Woods then fled in his mother’s car.
Police say that Magana told them that he heard a noise downstairs and that “a black male shot him,” according to a police affidavit. Woods is white.
Officers also believe Woods was behind gunfire a few days later at Las Acequias Park on Calle Atajo and at a residence on Charlie Bentley Drive.
When police tracked him down near businesses at Zafarano and Cerrillos in south Santa Fe, he was with 19-year-old Jesus Ronquilla, who was arrested on outstanding warrants.