The fatal shooting of a 50-year-old man in the Hopewell Mann neighborhood is being investigated by Santa Fe police.

Somebody called 911 around 8:15 p.m. Friday to report gunfire at the Las Palomas apartment complex on Hopewell Street, police said in a news release. A short time later, a second 911 caller reported a man had been shot.

Officers found Frank Pete of Arizona suffering from a gunshot wound inside an apartment. They rendered first aid, but Pete was pronounced dead, police said.

No arrests have been made, Santa Fe police Capt. Matthew Champlin said.

Neighbors said they heard three gunshots Friday night from a second-floor apartment. They said several occupants have cycled through that apartment in recent months.

Jessea Marie said after hearing the shots, she saw a man and a woman run down the stairs and disappear around a corner before police arrived.

“I heard three shots, and then I saw a man and a woman come down the stairs and closed the door,” Marie said. “It was really loud and really scary and had me shaken.”

Brandi Davis said she also saw two people rush down the stairs after she heard the gunshots. Both women said they did not know Pete.

In addition to the two people fleeing, Davis said she saw a man stagger, as if he were wounded, back up the stairs and collapse in front of an apartment.

“I was sitting here quietly having some tea and hear the shots and rumbling down the stairs,” Davis said. “Two people ran down and split. One guy was trying to get back up. He was either shot or intoxicated. He was stumbling and barely made it up the steps and fell on the landing.”

Police urged anyone with information on the shooting to call the police station at 505-428-3710 or Detective Jill Feaster at 505-955-5281.

(6) comments

Khal Spencer

The general public should not be sanctioned because a small minority of people go around shooting each other. I've yet to hear that the gun violence prevention and gun rights people are sitting down and charting a course that doesn't violate the public's rights while restricting those who cannot be trusted with a firearm.

Any takers?

Miranda Viscoli

Gun violence in Albuquerque and New Mexico continues to rise even during the pandemic. 71% of homicides in 2019 in Albuquerque were with a firearm. Meanwhile, over the weekend, a woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend, a man was found shot to death in an apartment in Santa Fe, a McDonalds was held up at gun point and in SE Albuquerque two people were shot and one killed in a hotel in Alb. New Mexico, what are you doing about your gun violence problem?

Kirk Holmes

Looks like SB5 (E.R.P.O) is working - not.

Angel Ortiz

Seems like someone abusing their 2nd amendment rights. Good thing it wasn't an assualt rifle.

David Brown

I’m just shocked.

Khal Spencer

ERPO works under limited conditions, i.e., when a member of the family is going off the rails or similar and that person is reported by loved ones or associates. Not relevant when you have an underworld of nefarious activity. We won't know whether this was an ERPO failure until we have motive and histories.

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