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Police say shots fired outside middle school were likely gang-related

Police say shots fired outside middle school were likely gang-related

Joy Wang
Updated: March 02, 2020 04:34 PM
Created: February 26, 2020 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Dozens of shots were fired just outside Wilson Middle School Monday afternoon.

According to police documents, Daricus Taylor  and two others went inside a nearby smoke shop because “The Big Dog ordered a hit”. Two people inside the smoke shop were hurt.


Meanwhile, middle schoolers saw the whole thing play.

“I was really, really scared that day. I just didn't know what to do,” said a Wilson Middle School student.

Documents show that there was a confrontation between men in a blue Chrysler 300 and a black SUV. Police say one of the men in Taylor’s posse pointed a gun at the SUV driver.

Taylor was taken into police custody and faces numerous charges. There has been no word if the other two men who were with Taylor have been arrested.

An APD spokesman said the altercation was likely gang-related.

“This definitely involved gang,” said APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos. “Rival gang members it appears so that's what we're focusing on either they're former gangs or groups of young men who are getting together to create violent acts.”

A community advocate who lives near the middle school said city officials are not doing enough to help the community.

“The city is failing this community. The community is hurting and in dire need and I think they really need to step up. This is something that's been in the process for five years that I’ve been working on, but the city needs to step up right now because these kids are hurting in this area,” said Tony Johnson, an advocate.

APD said the southeast part of town, where Wilson Middle is located, is the only area where they have two proactive response teams. Any time someone is hurt as a result of a shooting in the area, APD commanders have to explain what gangs are connected, who they are, what guns they used and what will be done about it.

On Wednesday, officers made a major drug bust and seized multiple guns and narcotics. Police said the bust is connected to what happened near Wilson Middle School.

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