Shootings reported at houses, office of 4 New Mexico politicians

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say the houses or companies of 4 native and state politicians have been shot at since early December.

Nobody has been injured within the gunfire directed on the houses of two county commissioners and a state senator or within the pictures fired close to the regulation workplace of a second state senator, Albuquerque police mentioned Thursday.

All are Democrats. Police are investigating whether or not they’re linked. Police Chief Harold Medina mentioned the police division has applied its “main case protocol.”

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina speaks with the media about the recent shootings at the homes and businesses of local elected officials.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina speaks with the media concerning the latest shootings on the houses and companies of native elected officers.KOB

“They’ll work this nonstop,” Medina mentioned at a information convention. Investigators are processing proof, he mentioned.

Within the three instances that concerned houses, the shootings concerned eight to 12 rounds, police mentioned.

Eight pictures had been fired on the dwelling of Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa on Dec. 4. On Dec. 12, the house of then-Bernalillo Commissioner Debbie O’Malley was struck by greater than a dozen bullets, police mentioned.

“It was terrifying. My home acquired shot up, straight via the entrance door,” Barboa advised NBC affiliate KOB of Albuquerque. She advised the station she had simply been taking part in in that space along with her granddaughter.

A minimum of eight pictures had been fired at state Sen. Linda Lopez’s dwelling after midnight Tuesday, and pictures had been fired close to the regulation workplace the place state Sen. Antonio “Moe” Maestas works shortly earlier than midday Thursday, however there was no harm to the constructing, police mentioned.

Senator Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said, “People are really worried about losing jobs. We need something now,” Lopez said during a press conference in her office at the New Mexico State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Clyde Mueller/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)
Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, on the New Mexico State Capitol, on Feb. 11, 2016.Clyde Mueller / Santa Fe New Mexican by way of AP file

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller referred to as the incidents “very severe,” and he requested for the general public’s assist in reporting anybody or something suspicious. He additionally urged in opposition to hypothesis.

“We’re anxious and anxious that these are related and presumably politically motivated or personally motivated — however we don’t know that for a truth,” Keller mentioned at a information convention.

A lot of the shootings occurred in Albuquerque, which is in Bernalillo County. One was in North Valley, which is adjoining, police mentioned.