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Suspect arrested in beer game shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the second time in a week, the drinking game beer pong turned deadly in Albuquerque.

Nathan Ware, 22, was arrested early Saturday in connection with a New Year’s Day shooting at a party in the 200 block of Estancia NW that left Joray Chavez dead and Robert McCoy injured.

A criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court against Ware said he got into a fight with Chavez and McCoy during a game of beer pong — a contest where players throw or bounce pingpong balls into cups, which leads to drinking.

WARE: Held on a $1 million cash or surety bond

WARE: Held on a $1 million cash or surety bond

A criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court against Ware said he got into a fight with Chavez and McCoy during a game of beer pong – a contest in which players throw or bounce pingpong balls into cups, which leads to drinking.

Several witnesses said Ware punched Chavez in the face during the game, which led to a larger fight, and police were called to the apartment complex around 1:45 a.m., according to the complaint.

By the time officers arrived, Ware had left and the party had calmed down so the police left, according to the complaint.

Police were called back to the apartment about 20 minutes later on reports of gunfire, according to the complaint.

Witnesses said that, shortly after police left, Ware returned and forced his way into the apartment by breaking the door, according to the complaint.

Ware, who was now with two or three males who hadn’t been at the party earlier, pointed to McCoy and Chavez and said, “those are the (expletive) … Those are the guys. Get those (expletive).”

The men then shot McCoy and Chavez and left, according to the complaint.

Both McCoy and Chavez were transported to a local hospital, where Chavez was pronounced dead. McCoy is in critical condition, said officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.

The ages of Chavez and McCoy were not included in the criminal complaint, and police couldn’t confirm their ages on Saturday.

Ware was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempt to commit a felony and aggravated burglary. He was booked into jail early Saturday morning and was being held on a $1 million cash or surety bond, jail records show.

Drobik said a group of people can all be charged with murder if a homicide happens when the group is committing a violent felony, such as aggravated burglary.

Police haven’t released any other information about the other suspects.

The shooting was the second recent shooting that stemmed from a fight over a drinking game.

Arturo Villa, 18, was shot and killed and two other young men were shot and injured after a fight stemming from a game of beer pong at a party on 98th and Tower SW on Dec. 26.

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