ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Vietnam veteran says he had a flashback of being at war when he says someone opened fire on him, his service dogs and others near his apartment this week.
Jesse Gordon and his service dog Jackson are inseparable. Jackson helps Gordon with his PTSD and other medical issues.
“My service dog has been with me every day but one time,” Gordon said. “He never leaves my side.”
That’s exactly where Jackson was Thursday evening as Gordon and some of his neighbors sat in the dog park at their northeast Albuquerque apartment complex.
“We heard a noise, a pop, and it sounded like a gun,” Gordon said. “I’ve been around guns since I was 5 years old. I can tell you, it was a BB gun.”
Gordon told KRQE News 13 about 12 shots were fired into the trees above his head.
Gordon’s neighbor saw the suspected shooter, who they say appeared to be in his early teens, at a nearby motel.
Gordon called police, but says the teen ran away and slipped through a hole in the fence.
The incident lasted just a few minutes, and the impact on Gordon was immediate. He had two panic attacks that evening, and told News 13 he had several flashbacks throughout the night.
Neighbors say a dog was hit by a BB, and they’re worried the shooter might come back.
Police say firing any type of gun – including a BB gun – at a person is a felony.