ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Española Police have identified the man they said fired a gun in a Walmart parking lot, hitting a 3-year-old girl. Police said one of the shooters is in jail and the other was brought into the police department by family members on Friday.
The little girl was an innocent bystander, leaving the Walmart with her dad when she was hit. She’s alright, and police say they’ve found the person who pulled the trigger.
Española Police said 20-year-old Mackie Roybal is the man behind the gunshot that injured a three-year-old girl caught in the crossfire. “We’re taking this very seriously and we’re not going to put up with this type of behavior within the City of Española,” said Detective Corporal Solomon Romero of the Española Police Department.
Romero said Roybal and 19-year-old Dylan Vigil started shooting at each other from their vehicles last week in the Walmart parking lot. The little girl was in a shopping cart, leaving the store with her dad, when she was hit in the leg with a gunshot.
She’s alright and back at home, but police said things could have been a lot worse. The car police say Vigil was driving that night is riddled with about six bullet holes along the drivers side, including one in the windshield.
“The driver is very lucky, he’s very lucky,” said Romero. “These rounds went right through the driver’s side door so he’s lucky he didn’t get hit.”
Investigators said they located the SUV Roybal was in, and that vehicle wasn’t hit. Police said Vigil was arrested by the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday on possession of heroin charges. He was also served with an arrest warrant for the shooting at Walmart.
Detectives believe the shootout at Walmart was likely gang related and that Vigil and Roybal have issues with each other dating back to middle school.
Police said Roybal’s family told them he’d turn himself in Wednesday, but that didn’t happen. Investigators said Roybal turned himself in late Friday.
Detectives are still conducting interviews with witnesses, but they believe they’ve identified all of the shooters in this case. Investigators will search the vehicle Vigil was driving to collect more evidence.
Police said Roybal even bragged about the shooting on Facebook, but then later deleted it. He’s charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting at a vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. Vigil is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and negligent use of a deadly weapon.