Police have named 19-year-old Daryl Martinez as a suspect in the case.
According to residents at an apartment complex at 6100 Harper NE, two gunshots were heard shortly after 2 a.m., followed by a short pause before two more shots were fired.
According to those same people, the man with the gun shouted threats at residents and potential witnesses in the area.
Marycruz Saucedo, a resident of the apartment complex, said she awoke to the sound of gunshots and peeked outside her window, only to be met by the same threats.
Saucedo said that when the man with the gun saw her, he yelled, “Look out the window again, I’ll shoot you.”
Joseph Garcia, who said he is Martinez’s stepfather, said Martinez previously attended school in Chama, and was recently released from a juvenile detention facility in Albuquerque.
Garcia said that, while Martinez had been in trouble with the law in the past, “he is a good kid, he has never done anything like this.”
Robert Olascoaga, who recently moved to a neighboring apartment complex, said he heard the commotion and looked out of his home to see what was happening.
“I heard people yelling. I heard a guy saying ‘He’s dead.'” Olascoaga said. “I heard a lady screaming. I see people running around, I see some kids. I was telling my son, ‘You shouldn’t be looking out the window.’ It was pretty scary.”
Authorities have not released the identity of the victim, describing him only as an adult male. They said they are working to determine a motive.
“Daryl’s family asks him to turn himself in,” Garcia said. “We don’t want him to get shot by police.”
The shooting occurred at the same apartment complex where, in mid-July, State Police shot a woman who fled from an apartment while detectives served an arrest warrant on someone else.
The woman, Roxanne Torres, survived her injuries after fleeing in a stolen vehicle to a Grants hospital, according to past Journal reports.