Santa Fe police question person of interest, search for another in motel shooting

March 23, 2019

Santa Fe police questioned a 19-year-old man they believe was involved in a shooting earlier Thursday at a Motel 6, but they did not arrest him, Deputy Chief Ben Valdez said Friday.

The shooting was reported around 4:20 p.m. at 3007 Cerrillos Road. Officers found a 31-year-old Santa Fe man with gunshot wounds to his arm and abdomen, Valdez said. An initial police report of the incident said witnesses told officers they saw the wounded man run into one of the motel rooms.

Based on information provided by the injured man, police believe the shooting came amid an attempted armed robbery.

Witnesses told police that two men in their teens or early 20s fled in a silver Ford pickup.

Police later found the suspected pickup at a home in the 2800 block of Cerrillos Road. Officers spoke with the mother of the 19-year-old man, who was identified as the driver of the pickup. They contacted him by cellphone, but he did not return home to speak with investigators, according to a report.

Police said they later found the man near Santa Fe Place mall around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Valdez said investigators did not have enough evidence to charge the man at the time, but he remains a person of interest in the shooting as the investigation continues. Investigators were following up on leads Friday in a search for the second man suspected to be involved in the shooting, Valdez said.

The gunshot victim was treated and released from a hospital; he later was arrested for violating a temporary restraining order in a separate case, Valdez said.