ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One person was fatally shot and three others were wounded around midday Friday in a busy Albuquerque business district, sparking a massive manhunt for the shooter, whom police considered “armed and dangerous.”
UPDATE: Quadruple shooting suspect dead of self-inflicted gunshot (Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014)
The three who survived the shootings were in stable condition Friday evening, Albuquerque police spokeswoman Ferris Simmons said. Police said they are searching for Marcos Delgado, 46. Delgado was born in Juarez, Mexico.
Witnesses said the victims were all women, but Simmons would not confirm that. She said she couldn’t release the victims’ names or ages, except to say they were all adults.
Simmons also wouldn’t say what prompted the shooting. She said the suspected shooter fled in a car.
She described the crime scene as “gruesome.”
“When you have a close area in which four people were shot, it doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination,” Simmons said Friday night. “It would be horrific for any individual to be involved in, truly these victims and these families are in our prayers tonight.”
On Friday afternoon, crime scene tape blocked Vassar NE, northwest of Candelaria and Girard NE.
Businesses, including an air conditioning repair shop, a roofing company and a few local breweries, line the streets of the city’s burgeoning brewery district, where the shooting happened. Many of the businesses are fenced with barbed wire.
Business owners and residents stood under the shade of roofs, trying to peer beyond the yellow crime tape to watch the police activity.
Kara Camacho, who works at M&M Sales across the street from the shooting site, said that at about 12:25 p.m. she heard two bursts of six to eight shots each. Camacho said she ran outside to see four people slumped inside a green sedan as a black Dodge Charger zoomed away.
“(The man) just seemed distraught … you could just see people lying down in the car,” Camacho said.
Camacho said the incident occurred near an auto detailing shop. Police said it happened at a local business, but wouldn’t say which one.
Daniel Liddick, who was sitting near the crime scene Friday afternoon, said he was related to one of the shooting victims. He said his sister, her mother and the family’s pit bull were shot. He didn’t know what condition they were in.
His father was interviewed by police Friday, but wouldn’t talk to reporters at the scene after speaking to police.
“I hope they catch the guy because he deserves to be shot himself,” Liddick said. “I am very concerned for everyone’s safety.”
Violent crimes detectives were investigating, and police asked anyone with information to call 505-242-2677.