Man arrested after opening fire in Belen gas station

Belen Giant Gas Station Shooting

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a scary scene at a Belen convenience store after a drunken argument led to gunfire at the store.

Video shows the suspect firing shot after shot. No one was hurt but police say this could have ended much differently if it weren’t for a clerk who helped save two people from that gunman.

Belen police say 28-year-old Christopher O’Reilly fired at least 14 times into and around a Giant gas station Wednesday night, after he got into a drunken argument with two of his friends.

The three were on their way home from the gym, when police say O’Reilly got mad because one of his friends in the car took his alcohol.

According to the police report, O’Reilley got so angry he pulled a gun from his waistband and then pointed it at his friend’s head. His friend pleaded for him to stop, police say O’Reilly then turned his gun on his other friend.

Surveillance video shows the moments the two escape from the car and run into convenience store for help.

The clerk immediately locks the doors, saving the couple from their friend. Police say the three then hid in the station’s freezer until help arrived.

Meanwhile, O’Reilly is seen shooting again and again into the store, shattering the glass doors. After that, he turns around and starts firing shots toward the gas pumps.

A few moments later, he shoots through the other door and tries to make his way inside. When he’s not successful he takes off down the street where police eventually arrest him.

When police arrived on scene they say O’Reilly was suicidal. After about an hour of talking to him, he surrendered.

O’Reilly has been charged with aggravated assault and shooting at an occupied building. 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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