The capturing of a person in Albuquerque marks the 101st homicide within the metropolis
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – The city of Albuquerque has exceeded 100 homicides since the beginning of the year.
A man found dead with a bullet wound to the head near Mountain Road and San Mateo Boulevard on Sunday evening is the 101st murder victim in the city, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Several hours earlier at around 1 a.m., police responded to a shooting at a food market in Albuquerque, in which one man was killed and another injured. The second man was in stable condition, the newspaper reported.
These events come a week after a chaotic Halloween weekend with house party shootouts in the city and county of Bernalillo that killed three people.
Albuquerque now has the highest murder rate and rate in history.
“We spent a lot of resources on the increase in homicides during the pandemic,” Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said in a statement on Sunday. “At the same time, our detectives are committed to clearing up homicides in recent years, regardless of whether they occurred last year or decades ago.”
In October, the number of shootings in which people were injured had increased by almost 16% compared to the same period last year. Law enforcement agencies have recorded more than 250 shootings so far this year, including more than three dozen accidental shootings. Most of the victims were men between the ages of 20 and 30.
Acting Mayor Tim Keller signed an executive order last month creating a task force to focus on gun violence. He and other officials called it a public health crisis.