ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Reports of a shooting and a heavy police presence at a Northeast Albuquerque shopping center Friday evening sent a group of students into a panic.
Just after 6:15 p.m., police responded to a possible shooting in the parking lot of a Chili’s restaurant at Wyoming and Holly, near La Cueva High School.
A spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department said no one had been shot, but a male appeared to have been battered with a blunt object.
The male was taken to UNM Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“The preliminary investigation is showing the offender possibly fired a gun,” APD spokesman Daren DeAguero said in a news release around 7:45 p.m. “As of right now, we have not received any reports of anyone receiving a gunshot wound.”
He did not give any other information identifying the victim, and said the suspect fled.
“The scene is currently active so information is limited,” DeAguero said.
As officers and investigators walked around crime scene tape strung up between trees and streetlights, parents of La Cueva students drove into the parking lot, asking people what had happened.
Several parents said their children’s friend’s texted them to say someone had been shot and they came to find out what was going on.
A small group of kids were talking to police next to an ambulance. Some were picked up by their parents and walked away from the flashing red and blue lights with tears running down their cheeks.
One woman, whose cousin was with the group of students in the parking lot, said she heard someone was robbed and pistol-whipped.
Shoppers walking to and from a Smith’s grocery store in the same parking lot said they heard lots of yelling, as if there was a fight going on.