Juvenile arrested in pellet gun shootings

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun

A 16-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday in connection with two non-fatal shooting incidents with a pellet gun.

One of the victims was shot in the eye and was treated on Tuesday night at Dan C Trigg Memorial Hospital, police said.

The juvenile was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Tucumcari Police Consultant Daniel Lopez said.

At 7:42 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of East McGee Street in reference to a shooting, according to a police report.

Officers were told the juvenile had shot Valerie Sanchez, 19, in the face with a BB gun, the report stated.

While officers were investigating this incident, they were notified by dispatch at 7:49 p.m. that a second victim was at the emergency room, Lopez said.

A 17-year-old boy had been shot in the eye at a residence near the skate park at the city’s Recreational Center, Lopez said.

On Thursday, the extent of the teen’s eye injury was not known and he has been referred to a specialist.

Officers took the female suspect into custody at the skate park, Lopez said. The weapon was identified as an airsoft pellet gun that shoots 6mm plastic pellets, Lopez said.

Lopez said he did not know what motivated the shootings.

The suspect was transported late Tuesday to the Lea County Juvenile Detention Center in Lovington, Lopez said.