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Two shot, one fatally, in confrontation over mask

Albuquerque police and Bernalillo County deputies at the scene of a double shooting Tuesday afternoon on the West Side. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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A confrontation over a mask at an auto shop in Southwest Albuquerque ended with the owner’s son allegedly shooting two men Tuesday afternoon, according to incident reports from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

The case has since been handed over to the Albuquerque Police Department.

APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said one of those men has died and the other is in a hospital. He would not give any other details.

According to incident reports written by BCSO deputies:

Deputies were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. to an auto shop in the 900 block of Old Coors SW, near Bridge. The shop owner told deputies a man had come to his shop and asked for air for his tire.

The owner said he told the man that he could help him but that he needed to have a mask on and the man became “extremely irate.” The owner told deputies the man crashed into his son’s vehicle and tried to run him over before driving off.

As deputies searched the area for the vehicle, they received a call from the auto shop owner saying the vehicle had returned and his son had shot someone. Deputies went back to the auto shop and found two men on the ground; both had been shot, and one of them didn’t have a pulse.

The auto shop owner identified his son as the shooter, and deputies took him into custody for “further investigation.” The son told deputies the gun he used was inside the shop.

“APD arrived on scene and took over the investigation,” a deputy wrote in the report.

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