APD: 5-year-old girl shot, killed in mobile home park

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police are investigating a homicide in southwest Albuquerque where a 5-year-old girl was shot and killed Sunday morning.

The shooting happened near Unser and Blake Road SW at a mobile home park on the 2700 block of Paseo Del Cantro Drive. 

There was a large response from different agencies, including the U.S. Marshal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Albuquerque Police Department.  

But, crime tape up and down this mobile home park is an all too common sight for residents at Vista Del Sol.

“This wasn’t really a surprise my parents honestly just go back to bed when they hear bullet shots going off in this neighborhood,” said Jannet Morales. 

Morales says gunshots are so common, her parents headed back to bed after hearing gunshots early Sunday morning. 

“Five in the morning just a rifle going off, multiple gunshots. And, yeah, like I said they just went to bed, kind of disregard it because it is so common,” said Morales.  

APD says investigators were called out to the mobile home park around 6 a.m. Sunday regarding a shooting. 

“When officers arrived on scene they located a 5-year-old who is deceased at this time. We are asking anybody with any information, anybody with surveillance in the area to call the police and report to 242-COPS,” said APD Deputy Chief Cecily Barker. 

Now, they’re working on any leads to get more information on the homicide with the ATF to identify any casings that were left on scene. 

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends. These types of incidents are tragic. They hurt our community. It is hard for the officers as well, so please keep everyone in your thoughts,” said Barker.  

“I’m just…my condolences to the family. I’m very sorry for their loss,” said Morales. “Honestly, it’s very sad, it’s tragic, having my nephew here as well it’s scary to think of, of living in this neighborhood, especially – it can happen to anyone. Honestly, I can’t even say that it hasn’t happened here to our neighbors in the past years and even to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 242-COPS.