A 21-year-old man is facing a federal murder charge following a shooting early Sunday morning at a home in To’Hajiilee.
Joshua Gutierrez, 21, is charged with a single count of murder and is expected to appear in court on Monday. The name of the man who was killed has not been released.
According to a criminal complaint filed in federal District Court in Albuquerque, witnesses took the victim from the home in To’Hajiilee to Route 66 Casino, calling for help as they drove.
Witnesses said that the victim and another man had been fighting and Gutierrez’s girlfriend told them to leave the house. The duo stopped fighting for a moment, but almost immediately resumed. Soon after, the victim walked toward the front door, and Gutierrez shot him once in the chest, according to the complaint. He reportedly threatened to shoot two others if they didn’t leave the home.
Those two men attempted to render aid to the victim and loaded him into a car and started driving toward Albuquerque.
The complaint states that Gutierrez left the scene of the shooting and was later found at his own home about a mile and a half away. He told authorities that the victim had tried to assault him.