ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Shots rang out, shell casings lined the street and neighbors say the cops never came.
Those neighbors say they called 911 not once, but twice, to report a drive-by. Police have a different story, saying they did stop by. The whole thing is shaping into somewhat of a he-said, she-said.
“I was awake and heard multiple gunshots,” said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.
Neighbors say their normally quiet northeast Albuquerque neighborhood was anything but that early Sunday morning.
“I went outside and saw casings in the street and immediately called APD and 911 and was told that an officer would be out shortly.”
But this neighbor and several others say that never happened. So, they called again.
“I was told by the operator that there were no officers available in the northeast so they would send one if one became available.”
Two hours passed. They waited outside. But still, they say, no sign of police.
“We are paying for these services that are not being rendered and that’s not acceptable,” the neighbor said.
The apparent target was a single-level home. Its garage door is littered with bullets, at least four of them lodged well into the metal. A Jeep parked out front took a couple of hits.
Neighbors say there were people inside when the gunfire started.
“Had somebody been shot, they would be dead by now.”
They’re sticking to their story, saying help never came.
KRQE News 13 asked APD what happened and they say an acting sergeant came out shortly after that call came in and knocked on the home’s door but no one answered.
Police say the caller didn’t want to be contacted and since no one answered the door at the home, that sergeant left.
Officers returned later in the day, interviewing neighbors and looking at those shell casings before leaving.
Neighbors say it’s too little, too late.
“I feel like as a citizen, I now need to ensure that I’m prepared for these situations to protect my family in the future.”
Police say the sergeant that came out to the scene Sunday morning was in a clearly marked unit. However, another group of neighbors say they were in a nearby garage and never saw one.
The neighbor who spoke to KRQE News 13 says she supports APD fully, but worries they’re understaffed and hopes that can soon change.