Española police investigate Walmart shooting

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Police are searching for whoever pulled the trigger and injured a three-year-old girl.

They say there was a shootout in a busy parking lot and the child was hit by a stray bullet.

The girl was hit in the leg and airlifted to the hospital.

Police are still looking for the shooters, one suspect vehicle is a white ford explorer with a decal on the back window.

Police say the explorer was parked in the back of the Walmart parking lot in Española last night just before ten.

A white Nissan Maxima pulled up and someone inside started shooting at the SUV.

At least one person in the explorer fired back and together the people in both cars fired off between five and six rounds.

Police say one of those bullets hit the Walmart window and another hit the three-year-old girl in the leg as she and her family were leaving the store.

She wasn’t badly injured and detectives say the girl’s father didn’t even know she had been hit until they got home.

They say no one else was hurt.

“We feel it’s an isolated incident. It may be gang related. We’re working diligently to apprehend the individuals responsible, said Detective Corporal Solomon Romero.

The girl has been released from the hospital.

Again, they’re looking for a white ford explorer with a decal on the back window.

It’s unclear if any of the suspects were hit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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