Bullets hit county HQ building, forcing temporary shutdown - Albuquerque Journal

Bullets hit county HQ building, forcing temporary shutdown

Gunshots damaged Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square Monday morning. The building was closed and employees were working from home due to safety concerns. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)
Security guards stand outside Bernalillo County’s Alvarado Square Monday morning after gunshots were fired into the building overnight. The building was closed and employees were working from home due to safety concerns. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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Just two months after it opened its $68 million Downtown Albuquerque headquarters, Bernalillo County has had to temporarily shut down the building after gunfire damaged the windows.

No one was injured during the shooting around 3:15 a.m. Monday, but the bullets “broke several fourth and fifth story windows in the open atrium lobby,” the county said in a news release. Only security officers were inside the building, at 415 Silver SW, when the shots were fired.

The building, formally called Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square, will remain closed Tuesday.

About 800 county employees are based at the headquarters, and they are now working remotely.

Both the Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

“APD’s Central Impact Unit is investigating and likely will work with the Gun Violence Reduction Unit on this,” APD spokeswoman Rebecca Atkins said in an email to the Journal.

The county does not yet have an estimate for the repairs, a spokesman said.


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