'I was hearing voices:' Warehouse shooter called 911 following Monday's shooting | KOB 4

'I was hearing voices:' Warehouse shooter called 911 following Monday's shooting

Joshua Panas
November 16, 2018 10:34 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Albuquerque Police Department released audio from a 911 call placed by the man who shot three people at the Ben E. Keith facility.


In the call, Waid Melton told the operator that he was the active shooter. When the operator asked where he was, Melton said, "somewhere in the South Valley."

         Listen to the full 911 call

The operator asked if he would meet with officers. Melton responded by saying said he would meet with officers, but "he wanted to talk for a minute."

Melton asked about the conditions of the victims he shot. 

While talking to an Albuquerque police officer, who is a trained crisis negotiator, Melton spoke about suffering from mental illness for years. He said he was hearing voices prior to the shooting.

He also told police that he had a woman in the car with him, who was a "very close friend."

Melton added that he was "absolutely not going to hurt anyone else."

The officer asked if Melton would be open to meeting him. Melton rambled for a bit and then said he was considering turning himself in or killing himself. 

Several minutes later in the conversation, Melton asked again about the conditions of the people he shot. The officer told him that they were stable. Melton said, "I hope they live."

Melton then said he would meet officers at a location in the South Valley before the call was disconnected.

Melton eventually was found dead in the Placitas area late Monday night.

The three victims have been upgraded to satisfactory condition, according to a tweet from UNM Hospital Thursday night.

Search of Melton's Vehicle

The Albuquerque Police Department announced Thursday that it completed a search warrant on Melton's vehicle.

The following items were taken as evidence:

  • Spent .38 casings
  • One Ruger mini 14 high capacity rifle, fully loaded
  • One rifle .22 caliber loaded
  • Box of .38 ammo
  • Box of 5.56 of ammo (for the high capacity rifle)
  • Box of .22 ammo
  • Cellphone

New Mexico State Police also recovered a .38 revolver from the area where Melton committed suicide. Police believe Melton used the same gun to kill himself as he used to shoot his co-workers.

A Psychiatrist's Take

Dr. Shawn Sidhu said instead of focusing on the shooter or mental illness, people should focus on keeping others from falling through the cracks.

"The best way to prevent violence and suicide really is to have people fill they are part of the community. And one of the biggest risk factors is having people feeling isolated, alienated and pushed off to the side," Dr. Sidhu said.


Joshua Panas

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