ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A shooting during a robbery gone wrong at a Domino’s Sunday night. Police are now saying it was a delivery driver who shot the armed robber outside the North Valley store.
The shooting happened at the Domino’s at 12th and Menaul. When police arrived they say a man was lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound.
The Albuquerque Police Department says Gerado Alvarado was the robber and walked into the Domino’s with a gun. As he was fleeing they say he also tried to rob a delivery driver in his car. That’s when they say the driver shot Alvarado in self-defense. Police say the driver is not expected to face charges.
A witness told News 13 Alvarado was shot in the face. He said he stayed by Alvarado’s side until police arrived.
“He was just you know praying and crying you know, and begging me to help him,” said David Madrid.
Police say Alvarado is in critical but stable condition. He will face armed robbery charges once he recovers.
Unlike a lot of armed robbers Alvarado did not have a history of arrests for violent crimes, only shoplifting.
Officer Duran says these types of incidents are becoming a growing problem.
“We have had numerous robberies in the area, numerous armed robberies in the area and unfortunately this is going to be the fourth, I believe, shooting that we’ve had in the last two days and it’s becoming a trend that we just need to get a hold on,” Duran said. “We’ve had a large rash of robberies in the city of Albuquerque recently. It may be somebody that’s been doing it throughout the entire city, we’re not sure. I’m sure that once we get our investigation completed we’re going to find out.”
Duran says it’s frustrating for detectives who are already juggling a heavy case load that’s only growing by the day.
“We have a lot of crimes right now that we’re working with detectives on solving and right now our case load is becoming so large that it’s keeping us from being able to solve these crimes in a timely manner because every time we start on one case, we have another case that opens up at the same time,” said Duran.
Police ask people to be aware of their surroundings and if they see anything suspicious, they’re asked to stick around so they can tell police exactly what happened.