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APD detectives investigate Christmas morning violence

A bicyclist stops on the 1000 block of Madeira Drive SE, where Albuquerque police cordoned off an area to investigate the shooting of a woman, who was critically injured. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque homicide detectives spent Christmas morning investigating two deaths and one shooting that resulted in a woman being taken to a local hospital in “very critical condition.”

Just before 4:30 a.m., police responded to a call on the 1000 block of Madeira Drive in Southeast Albuquerque, where they found a woman who appeared to have been shot, according to the Albuquerque Police Department. She was taken to a local hospital, where she remained in critical condition as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators appeared to be focusing on the parking lot outside the Madeira Court apartments.

Shortly after 9 a.m., police responded to a call concerning the discovery of a deceased male by a passerby at 7117 Lomas NE. According to Google Maps, the address is a car dealership.

Police initially said a cause of death had yet to be determined, but later said the incident turned into a “homicide call-out,” according to a bulletin issued by APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.

At 10:35 a.m., police posted that officers were investigating a woman’s death on the 12000 block of East Central Ave. That death was later determined to be a drug overdose, according to police.

Further updates on these incidents will be provided as additional information becomes available, police said.

If any of the deaths are confirmed as homicides, they would increase the current 2019 homicide tally, which stands at 77 and represents the highest number of slayings the city has seen in recent history. The last time Albuquerque came close was in 2017, when there were 72 murders.

APD crime scene investigators and officers walk the scene of a homicide call near Lomas and Alcazar NE on Wednesday morning, where a passerby discovered the body of a dead man. (Roberto E. Rosales, Albuquerque Journal)

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