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Suspects identified after 'gun battle' near Montgomery, Carlisle

J.R. Oppenheim and Stefan Dill
August 09, 2017 04:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police have identified two suspects apprehended after a Monday evening incident that an APD spokesperson referred to as a "gun battle" in the area of Montgomery Boulevard and Morningside Drive near Carlisle Boulevard.

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The incident resulted in one person with a gunshot wound and a young girl with cuts from broken glass.

Two suspects have been identified as Ja'karl Ahmed Jenkins, 19, and Andre Robinson, 20. A third person taken into custody is not expected to be charged in connection with the incident, police said Tuesday.

As a result of the gun battle, Albuquerque Police Department Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said numerous car accidents occurred in the area. Officers shut down Montgomery from Morningside to Carlisle in response to the scene.

When police arrived on the scene, they quickly caught one person and later apprehended two others. 

"We've got casings all over the street, and we've got three cars that are completely shot up," Drobik said.

The girl was not hit by gunfire, Drobik said, but rather she was hurt from shattered glass. Police said Tuesday the shooting victim was hit in the chest but is in stable condition.

Police say officers headed to the area after receiving calls that more than 20 shots were fired. When police arrived, they saw a silver Chevrolet Impala heading north on Morningside. That car ran a stop sign at Montgomery and struck an another car. The Impala then headed south, police say, and stopped at the Albuquerque Animal Emergency Clinic.

Police took the driver, Robinson, into custody. Two passengers, including Jenkins, fled the Impala on foot but were apprehended at a nearby apartment complex.

Police say Jenkins had two guns on him, and officers found a shotgun in the Impala's back seat.

While officers looked for the suspects who ran, they advised residents to remain indoors and lock their doors and windows. Several apartment complexes are located in the area.

"I was scared 'cause my granddaughters are over there and I didn't know what was going on," said Cynthia Jaramillo, a resident in the area.

According to police, Jenkins told officers that he and Robinson were victims of a shooting on Sunday, and those shooters drove a white Impala. Jenkins said he stole drugs from one of those shooters roughly six months ago.

According to the criminal complaint, Jenkins told police they spotted the white Impala parked at a day care near Morningside and Montgomery on Monday. Police say Jenkins admitted that he opened fire at the white Impala. The people in the white Impala followed Robinson and Jenkins, returning fire. Jenkins said Robinson also fired shots at the white Impala, police say.

Both vehicles then fled in different directions, Jenkins reportedly told police.

Police are continuing to investigate. It is unknown which firearm caused the injury to the shooting victim, and the white Impala and its occupants have not been located.

"It looks like some dumb-asses got into a gunfight in the street," Drobik said. "An individual got shot, some citizen actually walking down the street. A child almost got killed, got hit by glass. And this is the result of idiots in this town thinking they're cool getting into gunfights."

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J.R. Oppenheim and Stefan Dill

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