Family fight ends in gunfire

Updated: 08/07/2014 1:55 PM | Created: 08/07/2014 8:25 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALBUQUERQUE -- Police officials say a family gathering turned violent early Thursday when a man was shot twice in northeast Albuquerque.

Sgt. Ferris Simmons said an APD dispatcher heard screaming when she answered her line after 1 a.m. The caller told the dispatcher that a man, Johnathan Guzman, had been shot and was lying on the ground near 3400 block of Alta Monte NE.

APD officers responded to the scene and found Guzman suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and leg. He was transported to UNM Hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

Officers quickly located the suspect, 36-year-old Donovan Bookout, who tried to flee from the scene.

Witnesses told police that the fight began after several family members gathered at the house to drink alcohol. Bookout reportedly became angry and threatened several people with a firearm.

Guzman then called his brother to the house and they both confronted Bookout.

Police said Bookout fired multiple rounds, striking Guzman twice. He also pointed the gun at the brother, causing him to hide and take cover.

Bookout was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.

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