ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The owner of a food truck is behind bars Wednesday, charged with shooting someone.
It happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night at the Shell gas station at Broadway and Lomas.
Police say they received information about a suspect threatening a person with a handgun.
As officers were rushing to the scene, they found out the victim had already been shot, and the suspect sped away in a food truck.
KRQE News 13 has learned that 49-year-old William Frazier was arrested down the street, still in his truck.
He told police that he was filling up at the gas station when he saw a group of men fighting and passing objects back and forth to each other. He says one of the men approached him. Frazier said he feared the man had a gun, and that is when he said he protected himself.
Frazier has spoken to KRQE News 13 on several occasions, for stories regarding his food truck. His truck is called Street Food Wagon, and he specializes in foods like barbecue and street tacos.
Wednesday, when other members of the food truck community heard what happened, they said it was upsetting.
“It’s sad to hear another buddy in the business basically under a scenario where somebody comes up to them, cause it’s a regular occurrence around here,” said Levi Brockhoft, who works in the Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ food truck.
Other food truck owners said they’re often be on guard while in their food trucks.
“We’ve had people try and break into the truck, they just couldn’t get in because of the specialty glass we use, and the extra locks we have on the truck,” said Patrick Humpf, the owner of Gedunk Food Truck.
Humpf said he tries to take whatever safety measures he can.
“Other than carrying a firearm, that’s about the only thing,” said Humpf.
Frazier is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.