ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police are currently investigating a home break-in that ended in gunfire.
Police say the homeowner was taken to the hospital and is expected to be ok. In the meantime, investigators are now on the hunt for two suspects.
The homeowner told police that two men, dressed in black, forced their way into his home on the 2500 block of Ghost Ranch SW, near Gibson and 98th. He also told police that once they were inside, the men demanded his vehicle.
Neighbors spoke with KRQE News 13, but wouldn’t go on camera. One person asked us to not show their face because police are still looking for the two suspects.
“My husband screamed and called for me to call the police to get help because he heard someone screaming and he heard gun shots,” one neighbor said.
Police said the home invasion got violent once the two suspects demanded the keys to the family’s car.
“This one seemed very very violent, at least more violent than we’ve seen recently,” Tanner Tixier said.
Neighbors told us they’ve had a lot of home invasions and car break-ins lately, but nothing like this.
“It’s just scary. You don’t even know anymore,” one person said. “It’s 2:30 in the morning and you don’t expect it.”
Investigators said there was an altercation at some point which resulted in the homeowner being shot, but did not specify if the altercation took place inside or outside the home.
Detectives said the men threatened to shoot the homeowner’s wife and kids who were also inside the home. In the end, the suspects got away in the family’s car, a 2011 black Dodge Avenger.
It’s also still not known if the suspects and the victim knew each other.
No one else was injured.
KRQE News 13 will update this story as more information becomes available.