ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Younger suspect in Sept. shooting arrested in Okla.
Eric Joe McCarty, 28, was arrested Saturday in Norman, Okla., after being stopped there on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, and police there learned he was wanted in Bernalillo County in connection with the Sept. 9 shooting of a man in Albuquerque’s Warren Coronado Apartments, according to Albuquerque police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman.
The shooting victim, who has been identified as Roman Castillo, survived four gunshot wounds in and around his head, Hoffman said.
Both Eric McCarty and his father, 52-year-old Henry McCarty, who lived in the same apartment complex as the victim, fled, but the elder McCarty surrendered to police later that day, and has been held ever since at the Bernalillo County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash or surety bond.
Henry McCarty is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm (both with firearm enhancement) and tampering with evidence, according to jail records.
Eric McCarty, who was arraigned in Albuquerque on Sunday, was booked into the Bernalillo County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash-only bond, facing charges of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence, according to jail records.
Although the victim has identified Henry McCarty as the man who shot him, both father and son are blaming each other for the shooting, Hoffman told ABQjournal.com.