ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A shooting in Rio Rancho Saturday afternoon left three people injured. Police said two people were shot and one person was beaten.
It happened in northeast Rio Rancho off of 550, in the Enchanted Hills subdivision. One man told News 13 he talked to the suspected shooter, and said the man even asked him for help reloading his gun.
Rio Rancho Police spent the day investigating the shooting. As day turned to night, News 13 learned more about what happened.
“We heard two bangs, two shots,” said Chris Ramos, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened.
Ramos said he came face to face with the gunman Saturday afternoon, and said the suspect lost his glasses and asked him for help. “He was out of bullets, and he wanted me to help him reload his gun and I said no, I was trying to talk him down, he was standing in his front yard swinging the gun around screaming and yelling,” said Ramos.
Ramos said Saturday afternoon, he saw a woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder run from the house, and another injured man run down the street until he collapsed.
Police said three people were sent to the hospital, two of them with gunshot wounds, and another who’d been beaten, but by Saturday evening, investigators hadn’t said what exactly led to the shooting.
“What we have to determine is exactly what happened if they’re suspects, if they’re victims, we need to just figure out what happened,” said officer Janet Garcia, of the Rio Rancho Police Department.
Ramos told News 13 he knows who the shooter is, and claims the man had recently kicked his family out.
Neighbors said they were shaken by the sirens, adding the area is a very quiet, and they’re not used to this much police activity.
“Well its concerning, because I have children in the neighborhood and they were out playing because it was a nice day, and to think that there was gunshots,” said JoAnn Swartz.
Ramos said he was in his garage when he heard the commotion. He said when he saw the gun, he had some words for the suspect: “I’m not gonna step into this mess, you need to calm down, you need to put the gun down, you need to just chill, you need to stop,” said Ramos. At that point, Ramos said he called 9-11.
Police haven’t said whether the three people involved are related. Investigators said they’ll learn more about what happened when they finish interviewing everyone involved. Police said they are not looking for anyone one else in this case, and everyone involved is in the hospital.
Neighbors said police had been to the same house Friday night, but that things seemed alright when the cops left.