Belen shooting that injured teenager deemed accidental
BELEN, N.M. – Earlier this month, a Belen teenager was taken to the hospital after getting shot. Court documents now show it was an accident.
According to the Belen Police Department, on Jan. 18 a 15-year-old boy was shot in the lower back while at his house with his friend – a 16-year-old girl.
Now, the boy’s older brother – 20-year-old Camren Hidalgo – is facing charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Court documents say he admitted to telling his girlfriend to hide the guns.
Court documents also say the 16-year-old girl told police she was trying to get a round out of a handgun she had just bought a few days ago. She says when she couldn’t get it out, she set the gun down and the gun went off.
The girl told police she bought the gun for $600 and was planning on selling it. Police say the gun was later identified as stolen out of Los Lunas.
According to Belen police, the 15-year-old boy who was shot was released from the hospital.
It’s still unclear what charges he and the 16-year-old girl who bought the gun will face.