ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 16-year-old with a significant criminal past is in the hospital after police say he was shot trying to carjack a couple in an apartment complex’s parking lot.
It happened at the Canyon Vista Apartments at around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening. Albuquerque police say a couple coming back from dinner in their car was approached by three armed teens, including Gabriel Gonzales, 16.
The male victim shot Gonzales, who was armed with a handgun himself. Gonzales was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He will face charges when he’s well enough to be released. The shooter, in this case, will not face charges as police believe he acted in self-defense at this time.
His two accomplices, also believed to be teens according to investigators, fled the scene.
“We have an idea of who they are but we’re still doing interviews, still trying to talk to family members,” said APD Officer Fred Duran.
Juvenile court records obtained by KRQE News 13 show Gonzales has had a number of run-ins with the law. In July 2015 police say he was caught stealing spray paint from a Walmart. In March, police say he stole an iPhone, gold chain and other items from a victim, beating him badly in the process. He was also charged with threatening to hurt that same victim to try and keep him from talking to police.
Gonzales has also accumulated several probation violations according to court records. Police say he does have ties to a gang of teens who’ve terrorized the city in 2016, connected to a murder, the shooting and killing of a dog and a chase that ended with a car slamming into a police cruiser.