Saturday, September 23, 2023

3 killed, 5 injured in shootout between ‘bikers’ in NM

Red River, New Mexico.- Three people were killed and five were injured in a shooting at an annual biker rally in the New Mexico city on Saturday afternoon. Authorities say they are rival motorcycle gangs and the violence stemmed from a past dispute between them in Albuquerque.

New Mexico state police said three other motorcyclists are facing charges, and two of them were among five injured in a shootout by Bandidos and Waterdogs in the mountain resort town of Red River.

The dead were identified as Anthony Silva, 26, of Los Lunas; Damien Breaux, 46, of Socorro, and Randy Sanchez, 46, of Albuquerque. New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson said two people died at the scene and a third died at the hospital.

Johnson said Jacob Castillo, 30, of Rio Rancho will be charged with an open count of murder when he is released from the hospital, while Matthew Charles Jackson, 39, of Austin, Texas, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Within an alcoholic beverage establishment.

State police said Christopher Garcia, 41, of Texas was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession after being treated at a hospital.

Officials said three other people linked to the motorcycle gang were wounded in the shootout, but their names have not yet been released.

“It’s very sad,” said Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun. “This is the first time we’ve had anything like this.”

The city’s calendar promoted the 41st annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally, stating, “Get ready for one insane party as 28,000 bikers from all walks of Main Street brawl.”

Most of Main Street was closed to the public on Sunday as part of the state police investigation, and police requested that businesses in the area remain closed.

“All of the attackers have been arrested,” Calhoun said. “There is no danger to the community.”

The injured were taken to hospitals in Denver, Albuquerque and nearby Taos.

“Our law enforcement was amazing. The first state police officer was there within 30 seconds.’

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina was in Red River Saturday afternoon, eating dinner and posting photos of himself and his smiling wife online.

Another picture he posted shows the motorcycles on the city’s main street as bikers and others socialize.

30 minutes after posting the two pictures, Medina said there was a shootout.

“When state troopers and other people come into the restaurant and little by little everything is shut down and you don’t even know if you can get to your car, how much more to not have a badge, a gun or a radio.” Feeling helpless. On the spot.” Medina wrote on Twitter. “This wave of gun violence affects everyone in New Mexico, big or small.”

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