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APD arrests teen suspect for fatal shooting of another teen over gun purchase

Homicide Arrest
April 21, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives arrested a16-year-old male this evening for the shooting death of a 17-year-old male during an overnight dispute over a gun purchase.

Witnesses told APD Homicide detectives that victim went with friends overnight to an apartment at 2500 Carlisle Blvd., N.W. to purchase a gun. Witnesses said victim and another individual were comparing handguns. One of the handguns was modified with an auto-sear, making it a fully automatic handgun.

According to witnesses, the suspect asked the victim how much he would charge to sell his firearm. The victim said he would sell it for $950, according to witnesses. The suspect responded, “What if I kept it?” The victim said, “If you’re going to keep it, you’re going to have to take my life,” according witnesses.

Witnesses said the suspect had firearms in both hands, and “sprayed” gunfire across the room, striking and killing the victim. The suspect fled the scene in one vehicle, and the others fled in another vehicle.

Homicide detectives secured an arrest warrant for the suspect, who was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. in Northwest Albuquerque.

The suspect will be booked on an arrest warrant charging him with an open count of murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.