Police arrest man in shooting

Thomas Garcia

Tucumcari police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him with eight felony counts of shooting at a motor vehicle, and two misdemeanor charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon and resisting evading or obstructing an officer.

Mikey Romero Jr., was arrested Monday night after he shot at a vehicle traveling on the on the 400 block of East High Street, said Jason Braziel, chief of police.

“No one was injured in the shooting,” Braziel said. “We are still investigating this incident. So far Romero is the only arrest that has been made.”

The suspect’s mother, Teresa Romero, said she does not understand why police have not arrested other individuals involved in the shooting.

“If he is under arrest for being involved in the shooting, why have they not arrested others?” Teresa Romero said. “It does not seem fair. They told me … that he was being held for questioning and suddenly he is under arrest.”

Braziel said police received a report of a possible shooting that occurred about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Braziel said witness statements indicated Romero fired a handgun at a vehicle traveling in front of his home on the 400 block of East High Street.

Teresa Romero said she and her family heard several shots.

She said when she went outside she saw her son standing by his car in front of their home. She said she saw several bullet holes in the driver’s side door of the Toyota where her son had been sitting with his girlfriend.

Teresa Romero said she called the police after her son told her someone had shot at him. She declined to identify individuals she believed were involved in the shooting.

Mikey Romero Jr. is currently being held at the Quay County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond.