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Couple charged in party shooting that injured teen

Miguel Nuñez (MDC)

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Ashley Salazar (MDC)

A couple is behind bars after police say they were involved in a shooting outside a West Side party early Sunday morning in which a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back as he ran from the gunfire.

Miguel Nuñez, 25, and Ashley Salazar, 23, are charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse.

Salazar is facing additional charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon and shooting at or from a motor vehicle as police say she fired the shot that hit the teen.

Police say the couple’s children – ages 7 and 4 – were in the backseat when the shooting occurred.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Officers responded around 3:30 a.m. to a shooting in the 1900 block of Desert Breeze SW, a few blocks from Arenal and Unser. They found a teen who had been shot in the back and multiple shell casings on the road.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped the couple after Salazar called 911 saying her husband had been shot. Nuñez was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his ankle and Salazar was detained.

Salazar told police the couple were leaving Nuñez’s parents home with their two children when a large group of people were blocking the street. Salazar said when Nuñez asked them to move, the people opened fire and she shot back several times in self defense.

Witnesses told police a different story; that Nuñez got into a dispute with a group of men outside the home when both sides started firing at each other. The teen who was shot said Nuñez had pulled up to the house saying “this is my hood” and “talking (expletive).”

The teen told police that, shortly after, he was in the backyard when gunfire erupted out front and people started hopping fences into an adjacent alley. The teen said when he hopped the fence, he saw the woman roll down the window and start shooting at him.

The teen told police he started running away and was hit in the back. Another bullet whizzed “by his head” after he fell to the ground.

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