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One dead, three wounded in shooting near Broadway and Coal

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One person was killed and three injured – including two teenage girls – when gunfire erupted early Saturday morning in Southeast Albuquerque.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said officers were speaking with two witnesses but did not say if anyone was in custody.

He said officers responded to the shooting in the 600 block of Arno SE, near Broadway and Coal, around 4 a.m. A man was pronounced dead at the scene, while a woman and two teens were taken to a hospital.

Gallegos said detectives were conducting interviews and gave no other details.

A relative of the two teens, Mike Bush, said the family is in the dark.

“I don’t know much,” he said. “The police haven’t told us anything.”

Bush identified the teens as his granddaughter, 16-year-old Sonia Brito, and step-granddaughter, 17-year-old Jeanette Prue.

He said Brito, a junior at Sandia High, told police she was at a house when a group of young men “burst in the door and started shooting.”

“They both had multiple gunshot wounds,” he said.

Bush said Prue was shot in the legs and Brito was shot in the face, shoulder, arm and knee. Luckily, he said, the bullet that went through her face appears to have missed her brain and eyes.

“She will probably have injuries that will last for the rest of her life,” Bush said.

He said his daughter called him around 6 a.m. with the news.

“And you talk about a horrible way to wake up,” Bush said. “She was crying uncontrollably.”

He described Brito as a “really outgoing, beautiful person” who likes cooking, dancing and horseback riding.

“When I saw Sonia – right before she went into surgery – she smiled at me and told me she loved me,” Bush said.

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