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Arrest made in Friday night double homicide

David Lynch
June 04, 2017 10:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque police have arrested an Edgewood man suspected of shooting and killing Jordan Mucher and Paul Francia in the parking lot of of New Beginnings Church Friday night.

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24-year-old Anthony Kapinski is being charged with two counts of homicide and is currently being held without bond.

Police were responding to reports of gunfire in the area of Montgomery and Carlisle, according to a criminal complaint, and arrived to a parking lot where more than 100 individuals were congregating. Two cars were speeding away from the area when police arrived. 

One of the victims had died from gunshot wounds when police got to the scene. The officer attempted to save the life of another man who also had gunshot wounds, but was unable to do so. 

Multiple witnesses at the scene identified the shooter as Kapinski.

The criminal complaint stated that police on Saturday interviewed a close friend of the victims who said the three of them had been upset with Kapinski becaue he had stolen car parts from them in the past. The friend was nearby when the victims were shot. He did not see the shooting, but did see Kapinski leaving the scene in his car. 

Another interview with Francia's girlfriend revealed that Francia recognized Kapinski on Friday at the lot and went over to talk to him. She said he punched Kapinski and Kapinski fell back into the driver's seat of his car. 

At that point Mucher came over to help Francia. It was then, according to the criminal complaint, that Francia's girlfriend said she saw muzzle flashes coming from inside Kapinski's car as he shot the victims.

Kapinski then fled the scene. 

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David Lynch

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