ALBUQUERQUE, NM- A fatal shooting took place near a minor league baseball stadium on Wednesday night, resulting in the death of an 11-year-old boy. The gunfire also left an adult woman in critical condition, according to local law enforcement. The Albuquerque Police Department reported that an unidentified suspect discharged multiple rounds of ammunition around 8:44 p.m. on Avenida Cesar Chavez, close to University Blvd, in the vicinity of the Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park.
The Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team was in the middle of a game at the stadium when the incident occurred. Several police officers were already present at the venue for security purposes and were able to respond to the shooting within minutes.
The officers arrived at a distressing scene where they discovered a child in a vehicle who had been hit by gunfire and was already deceased. They also found a woman, believed to be in her 20s, who had also been shot. She was immediately transported to the University Hospital and is currently in critical condition, as per the police chief’s statement. The relationship between the two victims remains unclear.
The police chief characterized the shooter as “bold” given the presence of numerous officers and civilians in the immediate vicinity. A homicide investigative team was promptly dispatched to the scene. The area surrounding the incident includes the University of New Mexico campus, University Stadium, the McKinnon Tennis Stadium, the Santa Ana Star Field, and the University of New Mexico Track & Field and Soccer Complex.
As of early Thursday morning, no suspects or persons of interest have been apprehended. The area has been cordoned off to the public while the investigation continues. The Albuquerque police are urging anyone with potentially useful information related to the case to come forward.
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