LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Police said a husband and wife were shot during a home invasion Monday morning and are now in the hospital as the search for who did it heats up.
“There were all the police cars around and all the tape in all four corners,” Michael Taylor said.
A Los Lunas neighborhood, just a few blocks away from the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 314, is now a crime scene.
“We got a call in reference to an armed robbery slash home invasion,” Sgt. Frank Lucero with the Los Lunas Police Department said.
The call came in just before 10 a.m. Monday. Police said the home had clearly been gone through and that the owners were injured.
“Officers made contact with the residents of the home and observed they had suffered some gunshot wounds,” Sgt. Lucero said.
Police said the husband and wife are in their 60s and were each shot at least once on the lower part of their bodies, but they couldn’t say how many times.
Cops were on the same street just a few hours before the shooting.
“We had an earlier call in reference to a suspicious subject in the area,” Sgt. Lucero said.
Police said that’s when they ran into Mark Shrader, the man neighbors were calling about. And now, he’s their person of interest.
“He fit the description given to us by the victim,” Sgt. Lucero said.
Police said Shrader didn’t act alone.
They are also looking for a Hispanic male about 5-foot-6, wearing a muscle shirt showing a tattoo on his chest.
Police said the woman didn’t recognize either of the two men and they’re working to figure out a motive.
“It’s very uncomfortable,” Michael Taylor said. “I lived here 17 years and there has never been any kind of problem. This is the quietest neighborhood in the world.”
The couple’s Jeep was stolen during all of this, but police said it has since been found.
Detectives are working to interview the victims at the hospital. Their injuries are considered non-life threatening.
Police said Shrader was last seen driving a white Dodge truck with a red zia symbol on the driver’s door.