Teen charged in pellet gun shootings

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun

A 16-year-old girl was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of two people with a pellet gun.

If convicted of all the charges, she could face up to nine years in jail, said 10th Judicial District Judge Donald Schutte.

Schutte released the girl into the custody of her mother and grandmother and said she was to be fitted with an electronic ankle monitoring device. She is to report weekly to the juvenile probation office, Schutte said.

The court appointed a public defender to represent her.

The girl was arrested on 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, 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.
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, which are still under investigation.