APD responds to crash, discovers driver was shot

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police officers were called to the area of 14th and Marquette around 6 p.m. Monday evening in response to a crash.

According to APD, officers arrived at the two-vehicle head-on crash and discovered the driver of one of the vehicles had been shot. Police said the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Mateo Lopez, did not survive.

Noah Howard, who lives nearby, told KOB 4 he saw the crash.

“I heard these two loud pops and I thought it was just a car backfiring on Central because I hear that almost every other night,” Howard said. “And then, about two minutes later, a car came speeding down here and ran into a car across the street over there. At first, we thought someone had gotten into like a drinking and driving accident or something like that.”

Howard said he didn’t think too much of it until about 20 minutes later, when a crime scene unit pulled into the neighborhood.

“We’d heard some like really worried screaming, stuff like that,” Howard said. “I was really worried, just like for all my friends’ well-being and stuff like that, just because you know, it’s Halloween night. We’re supposed to be having fun, stuff like that. We’re young but you know stuff like this happens a lot and it’s really scary to think about.”

Howard’s mother told KOB 4 that police didn’t clear out until 1 a.m.

“It’s just so senseless, they were obviously very young, there was a lot of people that were screaming and crying, and it was just tragic,” she said.

Albuquerque police have not released any information about a suspect in this case.

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB 4 Eyewitness News and KOB.com for updates.