Shoplifting suspect shot in back in NE ABQ

apd investigates shooting
apd investigates shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are investigating a shooting at a northeast Albuquerque store. Witnesses say the store owner shot a fleeing thief. It happened at the Hydro Lyfe store on Menaul between San Mateo and Washington a little before 8:00 Saturday night.

Police say an armed man was trying to run off with a plant grow light from the store when the store owner chased him. Someone shot him in the back and witnesses say it was the clerk that had the gun but police say they are still investigating those claims.

Police are questioning the owner. They say they’ll be talking to the victim too but he is in critical condition at the University of New Mexico hospital right now. 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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