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Updated: 8-year-old killed in shooting ID’d; Police still searching for suspects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police are looking for the man seen in this surveillance image in connection with a Friday night shooting that left 8-year-old Sunni Reza dead.

6:04 p.m. – Police believe two possible suspects involved with the shooting of 8-year-old Sunni Reza purchased sodas from a nearby Subway restaurant directly after the shooting.

Police believe the two individuals, seen in the surveillance footage from the Subway restaurant, are the same two individuals seen in the footage from a nearby school. They are seen entering the Subway at approximately 5:50 p.m. last night.


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The two males, who are wearing similar clothing in the footage, are the possible suspects.

One of the males appears to have turned his shirt inside-out and the other male has the same design on the back of his pants as in the footage from the school surveillance video. The male with design on his pants has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

In the video, the two men both purchased sodas and are then seen getting into an older model, tan pick up truck. The truck may possibly be an Oldsmobile.

8:38 a.m.

Police have identified the victim in last night’s shooting as Sunni Reza, 8. Reza would have turned 9 years old tomorrow.

— This article appeared on page A1 of the June 1, 2013, edition of the Albuquerque Journal.

By Patrick Lohmann / Journal Staff Writer

Police spent Friday night searching for suspects in the death of an 8-year-old girl who was riding in a vehicle with her father and at least two other passengers when she was shot and killed in Southwest Albuquerque.


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The girl was shot about 5:30 p.m. around Gonzales SW near 68th Street, police said, and she was dropped off along with her father and another passenger at a nearby fire station to receive medical attention.

Paramedics rushed the girl to the hospital, where she later died.

Police didn’t know how many times the girl, who had not been identified, was shot. Officers were told the shot came from outside the vehicle.

Police said they are looking for three or four men, dressed in black, who were seen at the scene, though it’s unclear how they were able to flee. A witness told KOAT-TV that he heard four gunshots and saw the men run from the scene.

“They started running through the (Alamosa) Community Center, and then they ran to the skate park,” Abraham Ruiz told the station.

Officers were able to track down the driver of the vehicle where the girl was shot, police said, and he was being questioned late Friday night. Police were also in the process of getting a search warrant for the vehicle, which Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Robert Gibbs could not identify Friday night.

Gibbs said there was no motive determined yet in the shooting, but the APD Gang Unit was called in to help investigate in case the shooting was gang-related.

“The detectives want to solve this, even if they have to stay out all night,” Gibbs said of the ongoing investigation.

Police had cordoned off multiple blocks of Gonzales between Coors and Bataan SW during the investigation.