ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It started as a peaceful prayer and protest, in the park across from the Albuquerque Museum, calling for the removal of the statue of conquistador Juan de Oñate from his perch as part of the sculpture “La Jornada.”
But by the time the night was over, violence erupted and a protester was shot. And the man accused of opening fire — reportedly as demonstrators advanced and the victim was about to hit him with a skateboard — was taken into custody.
Steven Ray Baca, a 31-year-old former City Council candidate, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center early Tuesday. His lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.