POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 5:33pm
LAS CRUCES— One person has been arrested in connection to the shooting Monday afternoon that left one person injured.
Las Cruces police arrested Jose Miguel Castaneda, 20, of the 4800 block of S. Main St., Monday evening. Castaneda was arrested at his mother's house.
LCPD said Castaneda and several other men were involved in a physical altercation around 4:00 p.m. Monday in a dirt lot between an apartment on the 2200 block of Bex St. and the Chilito's restaurant on S. Valley Dr. Police said the fight lasted several minutes when Castaneda pulled out a small caliber black revolver from his waist band. Castaneda then fired two shots toward the 18-year-old victim, one of the bullets hitting him in the abdomen.
The victim and others involved in the fight left the area. The 18-year-old victim was later airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Castaneda was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (third degree felony), and tampering with evidence (fourth-degree felnoy). He is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a bond set at $50,000.
The handgun believed to have been used during the shooting has to be found by police.