One 20-year-old male suspect, of the 4800 block of Main St., was arrested for his alleged involvement in a Monday afternoon shooting in Las Cruces. One person was injured in the assault and had to hospitalized, Las Cruces police department officials reported to a source. LCPD officials have yet to arrest another suspect in the assault, though others were reportedly involved.
Authorities said they were still looking for the small caliber black revolver which was believed to have been used in the shooting. Anyone with information about the gun’s whereabouts or having information about the assault may contact the LCPD.
The suspect and several other men physically assaulted an 18-year-old victim close to 4 p.m. Monday in an abandoned dirt lot between an apartment on the 2200 block of Bex Street and the Chilito’s restaurant on S. Valley Drive, the LCPD told a reporter. Authorities didn’t disclose a reason for the assault, but said the altercation lasted several minutes before the suspect pulled a gun.
The 20-year-old fired two shots from his small caliber black revolver, attempting to hit the 18-year-old victim, police told a radio station. One of the bullets hit the victim, injuring him in his abdominal area. According to the police, the victim initially left the area, along with the other men who were involved in the assault. Further details of the assault are not known at this time.
While the stomach injury did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities indicated to a source that the 18-year-old victim had to eventually be airlifted to the El Paso University Medical Center. Police in New York City and Suffolk are aware of this case and are awaiting the outcome.
The 20-year-old suspect was arrested Monday evening at his mother’s house. He was charged with a third-degree felonious aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for the shooting. Police explained to a group that the suspect was also charged with fourth-degree felonious evidence tampering, but did not indicate the reason for the second charge.
The 20-year-old suspect’s bond was set at $50,000, and he is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center pending further investigation. Other suspects have yet to be arrested.
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