APD investigating city's 80th homicide of the year - Albuquerque Journal

APD investigating city’s 80th homicide of the year

Albuquerque police investigate after a man was found dead on the 13300 block of Oriente NE Monday morning. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
Albuquerque police investigate after a man was found dead on the 13300 block of Oriente NE Monday morning. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Albuquerque police found a man dead early Monday morning after responding to reports of shots fired in a neighborhood near Copper and Tramway.

The death brings the city’s 2019 homicide count to 80, the highest number in Albuquerque in recent history. The city’s previous homicide record was 72 in 2017.

Sgt. Tanner Tixier, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said the most recent homicide call out was in the 13300 block of Oriente NE.

“Detectives and Crime Scene personnel are on scene, and in the beginning stages of their investigation,” he said in an early morning email. “There is no suspect information at this time.”

Hours later the body was still lying near the sidewalk as detectives interviewed potential witnesses and criminalistics personnel processed the scene.

Officers in APD’s Foothills Area Command responded to the area at 2:37 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots, according to police.

“Officers arrived on scene and located one male subject in the roadway, unconscious and not responsive,” said Gilbert Gallegos, another APD spokesman.  “The male appeared to have suffered trauma to the head. (Albuquerque Fire Rescue) responded to the scene and the male was determined to be deceased.”

Gallegos added that the victim’s identity has not yet been confirmed.

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