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Violence over weekend leaves 5 fatally shot, others injured

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigate a shooting on the 2300 block of Pajarito Road SW early Sunday morning. Two people were killed and multiple people were wounded. There were five people fatally shot in five separate shooting incidents over the weekend. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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Violence erupted marring the Halloween weekend around the metro area with five people fatally shot and multiple persons wounded in separate incidents which spanned from Downtown to Southeast Albuquerque, the South Valley, Corrales and the West Side.

Early Sunday the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office reported two people were shot and killed and “multiple individuals” transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. BCSO posted on social media they were called to the 2300 block of Pajarito Road SW in the South Valley at 2 a.m. after a fight broke out during a party.

When deputies arrived, they found two men had been shot and killed. Three people were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds — two people were shot in their leg and one person was shot in the abdomen, according to the BCSO’s Twitter account. Investigators learned that a juvenile was among those taken to the hospital after being shot at the party. The juvenile was in stable condition, according to the BCSO.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that a fight broke out at a large Halloween party and multiple subjects began firing weapons at each other,” the agency said on Twitter.

APD assisting BCSO

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said APD assisted the sheriff’s office in the investigation.

“APD’s newly created Digital Intelligence Team is working with BCSO to provide information that might assist in its investigation…,” he said in a news release. He added that APD’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit has also reached out to the sheriff’s office to offer assistance.

About the same time, APD began investigating another fatal shooting at an apartment complex in Southeast Albuquerque that left one person dead and another in critical condition.


Albuquerque Police Department officers investigate a homicide at 3003 Transport SE on Sunday.  There were five people fatally shot in five separate shooting incidents over the weekend. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Gallegos said officers responded to a shots fired call at the Valley View Apartments at 3003 Transport St. SE and discovered casings and blood.

“Officers discovered that one individual was transported to the hospital by civilians and that individual had sustained a gunshot wound,” Gallegos said. He said that victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Later, another victim from the same shooting showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound, and that individual was in critical condition, Gallegos said.

One additional person showed up at the hospital with a leg injury, claiming he was struck by a vehicle as he and numerous others were trying to escape the shooting area, he said.

Two more fatalities

The weekend started off with gunfire at a large house party on the West Side, a homicide in Downtown Albuquerque and a killing in Corrales.

Corrales Police Chief Victor Mangiacapra told KOAT TV that Spencer Komadina was shot and killed Saturday, after an altercation with his roommate at their home, located on the 300 block of Camino De Corrales Del Norte.

That man, Joel Ray, 60, has been charged with one count of murder and was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.

Spencer Komadina is the son of former state Sen. Steve Komadina. It was the first homicide in Corrales since December 2002, KOAT reported.

Also Saturday, Albuquerque police say multiple people were shot on the West Side when a large house party was “suddenly interrupted by gunfire.”

Hence Williams, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said officers responded to the scene in the 10600 block of Fountain NW, near McMahon and Unser, at 1:10 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting a shooting.

“Four people who were at the party suffered gunshot wounds to their legs, although none of the injuries were life-threatening,” APD said in an update provided Saturday night. “Gunfire also struck several homes and vehicles in the neighborhood. There were no reports of injuries at those homes.”

APD said detectives with the Gun Violence Reduction Unit recovered several firearms during the investigation.

“This is the second time in as many months that large house parties resulted in a barrage of gunfire,” Police Chief Harold Medina said in the news release. “Our detectives have identified several people involved, and they will work with the District Attorney’s Office to pursue charges against those who are responsible.”

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, a man was shot and killed in Downtown Albuquerque near the 100 block of Sixth Street. Police were called to the area by a ShotSpotter gunshot detection system and when they arrived they found a man dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Journal City Editor Martin Salazar contributed to this report

This article has corrected the spelling of Spencer Komadina. 

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