State and local police in New Mexico are investigating a spate of shootings over the past month that appear to have targeted elected Democrats.
Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries in the shootings in Albuquerque, according to reports.
Shootings at homes of elected officials
At a briefing Thursday, authorities said it’s not clear at this time if the attacks are connected, but they noted that all of the officials targeted have been Democrats. Officials cautioned against speculation until more information is available.
“We are worried and concerned that these are connected and possibly politically motivated or personally motivated, but we don’t know that for a fact, so it’s important to also not to speculate beyond the fact that we’re looking at those connections,” Albuquerque’s mayor, Tim Keller, said.
The most recent shooting happened Thursday morning, at the office of Democratic state senator Moe Maestas. Days earlier, eight shots were fired after midnight Tuesday at the home of Democratic state senator Linda Lopez, who said some of the bullets passed through her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
“I’ve been representing my community for 27 years and I’ve had threats off and on based on different pieces of legislation, but this is the first time when something has been done (as) a very personal attack on me and my family,” she told the Albuquerque Journal.
Are shootings connected?
Police have also identified three shooting incidents in December.
Eight shots were fired at the home of Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa in the afternoon of December 4. Barboa had been putting up Christmas lights hours before someone fired shots through her front door, she said.
“My house was shot up, shots directly through the front door,” Barboa said.
On December 10, shots were fired near the former campaign office of New Mexico’s newly elected attorney general Raúl Torrez, although Torrez had already moved his staff out of the building at the time.
State police, the FBI involved
More than a dozen shots were fired at the home of former county commissioner Debbie O’Malley on December 11.
“It was so loud, I thought somebody was banging on my front door with their fist,” she said.
New Mexico Republicans have said they “eagerly await the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator” as state and local police work with the FBI to find those responsible.
Like many cities across America, Albuquerque has experienced an uptick in crime, setting a record for homicides this year.