Albuquerque Shooting Leaves Five Dead, Teenager Charged
An Albuquerque shooting has left five people dead and a teenager charged, with investigators still combing over a home on the outskirts of the New Mexico city for clues as to what happened.
In the Albuquerque shooting, a man, a woman, and three children were found killed in a home near the city. The victims were found on Saturday night at a home on the southwestern edge of the city, said Deputy Aaron Williamson, a spokesman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
Each victim was shot multiple times, and police found several guns at the home including what they termed a “military-style” rifle. Police said they now are trying to determine who owned several guns that were found inside the home, including the military-style rifle.
The teenager police believe is responsible has been charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse. He will likely be arraigned on Tuesday, police said.
The boy is believed to be about 15 years old, The Associated Press reported. The shooting took place in an unincorporated area that lies about 10 minutes southwest of downtown Albuquerque.
Police said they weren’t sure how the teenager was related to the victims, and Williamson would not say whether the victims were related, CNN reported. He noted that police were still trying to figure out exactly what their relation was.
Police have still not released the identities of the victims of the Albuquerque shooting.
The Albuquerque shooting takes place in a highly charged political climate related to gun crimes. The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December has placed a stronger focus on crimes committed with guns, especially those with so-called assault rifles.