BCSO: Teen suspect detained after fatal shooting at Atrisco Heritage Academy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A teenager has accidentally shot and killed another teen. Now, the metro is mourning the loss of another young person due to gun violence.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies gave an update Saturday, they say the shooting happened Friday night, and it was accidental.
“I’m angry and frustrated that we’re here. As we all know, you learned earlier this morning, we tragically lost a 16-year-old, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School student to gunfire last night,” said APS Superintendent Scott Elder.
Once again, Elder had to hold a press conference reacting to a dead teen in the metro.
On Friday night, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting on campus. According to deputies, 16-year-old Elijah Pohl-Morfin died from his gun shot injuries.
“Gun violence is dominating the news every day. We have to understand the risks of leaving guns and storing guns where students have access to them. But we keep coming back to have the same sme press conference,” said Elder.
According to BCSO, 16-year-old Adrian Martinez was arrested for the shooting.
The criminal complaint says a witness saw Martinez and Pohl-Morfin playing with their guns in the school parking lot after Friday night’s basketball game when Martinez allegedly accidentally shot Pohl-Morfin.
“You look at last night, you say ‘Oh, it was an accident.’ Yeah, but we have a 16 year old it’s dead,” said Elder.
Court documents also show Martinez tried to make bystanders get rid of the guns, asking witnesses to bury them.
A witness told deputies after the shooting they drove Pohl-Morfin to Presbyterian Hospital downtown instead of calling 911. There, deputies say Martinez ran away from the hospital.
APD officers later caught him at the Route 66 Diner across the street. That’s where officers found a bloody sweatshirt Martinez was wearing during the shooting, and trying to get rid of.
Pohl-Morfin later died at the hospital.
A BCSO spokesperson says because Martinez tried to get rid of the guns. He’s charged with tampering with evidence, along with involuntary manslaughter.
According to BCSO, the witness with the guns later called his mom, and she’s the one who called 911.
Martinez is still in custody. Deputies are still investigating the shooting.
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