NE Albuquerque gas station homicide suspect arrested

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police arrested an 18-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a man at a northeast Albuquerque gas station Wednesday night.

Christopher Valencia was arrested late Wednesday, around 11:58 p.m., for shooting a man at the Premier Gas and Food Mart.

According to the criminal complaint, Valencia and his girlfriend engaged in a dispute where she asked him to leave after he pulled a gun on her. Valencia left her home and took her Chrysler PT Cruiser to fill up with gas at the Premier Gas.

At the gas station, Valencia engaged in an argument with Ryan Costello, 20, who Valencia reportedly knew. Costello reportedly told Valencia, "let me see it," before Valencia pulled out a handgun, shot him twice and fled in the PT Cruiser.

Police obtained surveillance video and tracked down Valencia, who was found in the PT Cruiser around 9:32 p.m. He was taken into custody, then arrested and charged with an open count of murder around two hours later.

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