Tucumcari gunshot victim in intensive care

Chelle Delaney

A 19-year-old Tucumcari man shot Monday night is in intensive care in an Amarillo hospital.

Nikko Nathan, 19, was shot about 8 p.m. Monday, Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said.

Thirteen shots, including the shot that hit Nathan, were fired from Hines Avenue across South First Street and into the vicinity of a church parking lot and an alleyway, Hatcher said.

It is not known if the .22 caliber shots were fired from one gun, or if there were two shooters, Hatcher said.

“Thirteen shots were fired. We found 13 casings. We’re really lucky someone didn’t end up dead because he (the person firing the gun) couldn’t see southbound or northbound traffic,” Hatcher said.

Nathan was taken to Tucumcari’s Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital and then transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Hatcher said.
Nathan’s uncle, George Aragon, said Nathan had internal bleeding.

“He is still in intensive care. We are worried because he has a temperature of 103 degrees. His body is either fighting off an infection or he is getting an infection,” Aragon said. “He is in stable condition.”

The bullet entered Nathan’s left buttocks and then ricocheted into his colon, Aragon said.

“The bullet also hit some nerves … at this time they are worried about saving his life,” Aragon said. “They had to take out his stomach, put everything together and then put his stomach back.”

Aragon said his nephew is lucky because the bullet did not hit his spine, but it came close. Until Nathan is active, doctors won’t know what effect the bullet will have, Aragon said.

“He’s going to be down and out for a while. Hopefully, everything goes good,” Aragon said.

Because Nathan is taking pain medication, he wakes for a few minutes and then goes back to sleep, said Aragon, who arrived at the Amarillo hospital early Tuesday morning after traveling from Artesia.

“We really don’t know the whole story. … We haven’t had a chance to talk to him,” Aragon said.

Nathan and two others were walking in the alley by the Trinity Baptist Church parking lot, between Hines Avenue and Route 66 Boulevard, when the shooting occurred, Hatcher said.

Hatcher said the shots came from Hines Avenue between the Bubbles video rental shop and the Quay County Sun building across South First Street.

No arrests had been made Tuesday night.

Hatcher said he did not know the motive for the shooting.

“We have been blessed that no one else has been shot,” he said. “This was a total disregard for the community’s safety.

“We are asking the community to step forward and help us out. Someone knows who did this. Let’s take this through the justice system and get the gangsters off the streets,” Hatcher said.

The chief asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 461-3507 or the Tucumcari Police Department at 461-2160. Crime Stoppers calls are anonymous. Crime Stoppers rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.