Here is the transcript from a 911 call placed at about 11:30 p.m. May 29, 1999, moments after three teens were found shot to death in an orange Datsun in the East Mountains’ Sandia Knolls subdivision. The caller is a neighbor whose husband was the first to find the victims.
Dispatcher: 911. What’s your emergency?
Caller: I think that there’s gunshots outside.
Dispatcher: OK, how many did you hear?
Caller: I think about six, maybe eight.
Dispatcher: OK, are they real close, OK, are they close to your house?
Caller: Yes, they’re right on the corner and my husband just went outside.
Dispatcher: OK, go and have your husband come back inside.
Caller: (Yelling to her husband ) Get in the house! Get in the house! (Back to the dispatcher) There’s a bunch of cars now. I’m on Piñon Heights on the corner of Jennifer. What is he doing out there? There’s a bunch of (garbled) now. I’m not sure it was, but it sure sounded like it. That’s what he said.
Dispatcher: And there’s lots of vehicles on the corner?
Caller: Well, right now I’d say, I’d say, one, two, three , I think.
(To her husband ) Get in here!
(To the dispatcher) Somebody’s dead, he said. Oh my God!
Dispatcher: OK, we’ve got a possible victim on Piñon Heights.
Caller: Oh my God!
Dispatcher: OK, where are, where is the, can he see the person where he’s at?
Caller: Oh there’s two dead people, he said! Oh my God ! (Sobs) Oh God !
Dispatcher: OK, possible two victims. Is it right out front?
Caller: I can’t he says, he says he thinks there’s two dead people out there.
Dispatcher: OK, stay on the line with me. Hold on one second. I’m trying to get you a rescue call set up.
Caller: Oh, I can’t believe this, right here at our house. What is that? Is it (garbled).
Dispatcher: And your husband can see two?
Caller: He hollered up to me that there were two dead.
Dispatcher: Is your husband down there?
Caller: He’s down there, yes, and he hollered at me to get back in the house. He said there is, there’s two dead people.
(To husband ) Get back up here!
The cars are all are gone. A Blazer. He thinks it’s a Blazer.
(To husband ) Quick, tell me so she can (garbled). A dark-colored Blazer.
Dispatcher: Which way did it go?
Caller: Or a Bronco. Which way did it down, down, down Jennifer. There’s only one way out of the Knolls and that’s down Camino Alto (garbled).
Dispatcher: Possible offender’s vehicle dark-colored Bronco or Blazer last seen headed on Jennifer.
Caller: There’s no way out of the Knolls except Camino Alto. That much I know.
Dispatcher: OK, we’ve already got deputies on the way.
Caller: I don’t know who else is outside but (garbled).
Dispatcher: OK, is your husband , is there people around the ones that are shot?
Caller: Just my husband as far as I know.
Caller: I don’t know if anybody else is down there. I can’t reach the phone that far.
Dispatcher: OK, um.
Caller: One’s still alive, he said.
Dispatcher: OK, what I want you to do, if he’s willing to, I want to see if he can go ahead and, um, start some instructions.
Caller: (To husband ) Anybody down there with you? No.
(To dispatcher) OK, what do you want us to do?
Dispatcher: OK, you want, the first thing, pressure has to be applied wherever there’s a wound, wherever there’s blood coming out.
Caller: OK, but he doesn’t have any gloves or anything.
Dispatcher: OK, if you can put, if you want to go ahead and put any kind of like
Caller: He said he’s not touching anything.
Dispatcher: He’s not touching anything? OK, that’s fine.
Caller: I’m sorry.
Dispatcher: What he can do, I mean, even if he just wants to put a towel on there and put, apply pressure with his foot, that’s up to him.
Dispatcher: And you just keep putting towels on them, OK. Don’t take the towels off. Just keeping putting towels
Caller: There’s three now, he said! There’s three ! They’re all dead. He’s saying there’s three of them. I’m going to throw up.
Dispatcher: OK, you’ve got a possible three victims, two possibly—
Caller: (To husband ) There’s nobody down there with you?
Dispatcher: Can you put on any kind of cleaning gloves or any—
Caller: (To husband ) Can you come and get a towel and apply pressure with your foot?
(To dispatcher) He thinks they’re dead.
Dispatcher: OK, OK, I need you to take a deep breath for me and calm down. Just take a deep breath.
Caller: Oh my God!
Dispatcher: Just take a deep breath.
Dispatcher: OK, we’ve already got paramedics on the way. Go ahead and let your husband know. Paramedics and police are on the way. They’ve been on the way from your first call.
Caller: (Louder sobs)
Dispatcher: OK, I need you to take a deep breath. You’re doing really, really good. I know it’s real hard.
Caller: (Hysterical sobs) He says that there’s three kids!
Dispatcher: Do you want —
Caller: (Sobbing, husband comes to phone) Talk to her, OK? There’s nothing you can do. Just talk to her.
Caller’s husband: They’re all dead, all three of them.
Dispatcher: OK, OK, we’ve got paramedics.
Caller’s husband: They’re all shot in the head, all in the chest. There was at least 15 rounds. It sounded like a 9 millimeter. They’re all three of them dead.
Caller’s husband: Oh, Jesus Christ. (Pause) OK, I got to go.