In a murderous year in ABQ, gunplay leads to record deaths

In a murderous year in ABQ, gunplay leads to record deaths

Albuquerque Police officers have been kept busy investigating a record number of homicides this year, with many of the victims killed by a firearm. Officers, above, search for evidence at an April 20 crime scene strewn with yellow markers indicating where spent rounds were located. The victim later died. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal) A recent Sunday this month was no day of rest for Albuquerque violent crimes investigators or the people attempting to violently force their victims into eternal rest after gunning them down. Forty-two minutes into Nov. 7, Albuquerque police officers responded to a call of a person shot in the head at Menaul and University NE. An Albuquerque police spokesman later said the shooting was never classified as a homicide. Eight minutes later, officers headed to a call at Adam Food Market at Central and Dallas NE where two people were shot – one of them already dead and lying aside a small white car, its doors still open. At 6:45 that evening, officers again headed out to a report of shots fired, this one outside the Ariana Halal Market at San Mateo and Mountain NE. There they found Mohammad Ahmadi, the brother of the market’s owner, dead with a gunshot wound to his head. That Sunday wasn’t the first day this year bloodied by multiple incidents of gun violence. During Halloween weekend, for example, three people were shot dead and eight were wounded by gunfire. As I write this, nine people in Albuquerque have been shot, seven […]

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