A Las Cruces teenager is suspected of opening fire and shooting one man at a public park on Easter Sunday.
Jaime Armendariz, 18, is facing a charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and another charge of tampering with evidence, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.
On Sunday, police said the incident happened just before 5 p.m. at Apodaca Park located at 801 E. Madrid.
Officials said officers were responding to a fight call and arrived to find a 19-year-old man with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. He had a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and was transported to MountainView Regional Medical Center. He is now in stable condition.
“Las Cruces police investigators learned that Armendariz and the victim’s brother have had ongoing issues and have been in physical fights before,” a Las Cruces Police news release said. “On Sunday the two brothers were at Apodaca Park with family when they saw Armendariz nearby. Armendariz and the brother reportedly exchanged gestures before they began fighting.”
When the 19-year-old came to his brother’s aid, Armendariz pulled out a gun and fired into the air. All three men struggled for the gun and Armendariz fired another round that hit the 19-year-old.
“After the shooting, Armendariz allegedly threw the handgun over a chain-link fence before he was detained by several witnesses to the incident,” the release said. “Las Cruces police officers arrived and took Armendariz into custody.”
Armendariz is currently in the Dona Ana County Detention Center with no bond.