Updated: November 05, 2021 11:43 AM
Created: October 25, 2021 09:28 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A downtown Albuquerque neighborhood, near 13th Street and Lead Avenue, became the city’s most recent crime scene Monday night.
Albuquerque Police confirmed Elijah Vallejos was shot and killed near the intersection.
"I heard like four or five gunshots and then I just heard screaming," John, a man who lives next door to where the shooting happened, said. "Usually you hear gunshots and that's about it but if you hear gunshots and there's screaming, you know something happened."
Several neighbors standing near the scene said they called 911 but some were on hold for minutes – including KOB 4 reporter Giuli Frendak who came upon the scene with photographer Dennis Quintana while driving back to the station.
Officers responded to the reports shortly after 7 p.m., where they found Vallejos. Neighbors said he was still alert when paramedics took him, but he later died at the hospital.
Police don’t have any suspects yet and are working on interviewing potential witnesses.
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