Police in Tucumcari are worried residents may be caught in a gang gun battle after one side fires on the other Monday night.
A-19-year-old man was struck when thirteen shots were fired 350 feet away across a busy street around 8 Monday night.
When police spoke to the victim who is recovering right now he reportedly told officers he is a gang member and will take justice into his own hands, causing some residents to worry themselves or their children will be caught in the middle.
Doreen Lopez says, “I don’t want something to happen to my 18 year old or my eleven year old. It was right here. I’m afraid now. I couldn’t sleep last night. I still can’t sleep cause I’m afraid.”
Lopez’s son was with the victim when the shooting occurred. While she’s thankful her son is ok, she and police are worried someone innocent will get caught in the middle if a retaliation happens.
Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher says, “What people need to understand is this is our sons, our daughters, our sisters, brothers, mothers and dads that are involved in this activity and we can’t allow that to involve our entire society.”
The police and community are now asking anyone who has information to come forward.
“Broad daylight. Thirteen shots. It’s just ridiculous. We need to find the person. I don’t want retaliation. I want peace. That’s all I want. ” Lopez says.
“That’s why I’m pleading with the community to speak up. Let us know what’s going on, what they’re thinking and hearing so we can follow up on it.” Chief Hatcher says.
If you have info on this crime or gang activity in the area you are asked to call the Tucumcari Police Department at 575-461-2160 or CrimeStoppers at 575-461-3507.
Story provided by Amarillo News Channel 10.
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