Teen shot in ear at skate park

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 15-year-old boy was shot in the ear Sunday night at the Tower Pond Park. Now, police are searching for whomever pulled the trigger.

Police responded to the call at 9:15 p.m. at the southwest Albuquerque park near Tower Street and 86th Street.

A police spokesman said the shot was fired at a distance, away from the actual skate park. Witnesses told KRQE News 13 a truck was parked nearby and someone in the truck began arguing with a group of kids.

“Just some confrontation going over here by the bushes and stuff and next thing you know, I hear one of them when I was getting in the half pipe, I heard one of them say, ‘the truck’s coming back, the truck’s coming back.’ And the next thing you know you just hear the clips unloading,” recalled witness Izaya Armijo.

Another witness said he heard two shots before at least three more rang out.

“A car rolls up and just starts shooting. Me and my homie Zay hit the floor and then we started running behind the half pipe and we hid inside of there,” said witness Jeremy Marquez.

“We just went inside that little tunnel. That’s the safest place to be right there,” said Armijo.

Marquez said he felt what he believes was a bullet go by his ear.

“I was actually going to talk to one of them and right when that happened the shots fired and I heard something go right passed my ear and, honestly, I take that as a sign. I could have died,” said Marquez.

Police are trying to sort through multiple vehicle descriptions connected with the shooting. APD said witnesses described the vehicle as being white, tan or silver.

The boy is expected to be okay.

This isn’t the first time violence has struck this southwest Albuquerque park. Back in 2011, a woman says she was raped there. The woman told police a man approached her, claiming to be selling CD’s. Then, she says he forced her into his truck and sexually assaulted her.

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