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Santa Fe Police Department vehicles block off access to the parking lot of the N.M. 599 Rail Runner Express station Monday morning.

A police report of the violent carjacking Monday morning at the N.M. 599 Rail Runner station describes a gruesome scene: A 73-year-old man with a gunshot wound on the left side of his face made his way to a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy parked down the road.

The man collapsed to the ground and then fell in and out of consciousness as he explained to the deputy how he had been shot by a gunman who then drove away in his black 2020 Chrysler 300.

He had been waiting at the station for his wife, the man said.

Santa Fe police found bullet casings, broken glass, a tooth and blood on the pavement of the train station parking lot, the report says. Blood also was splattered on the driver’s-side door and hood of a car parked next to the empty space where the Chrysler had been.

Police are still searching for the carjacker, who critically wounded the man.

No one has been named as a suspect in the incident, and police have not yet released the identity of the victim as a safety precaution, Deputy Chief Paul Joye said.

As of Wednesday, Joye said, the man remained in stable but critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital, where he had been transferred after first being taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The incident came a week after a shooting at the South Capitol Station left one man dead and critically injured another.

Officials with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, which oversees the Rail Runner Express, said earlier this week they would consider new security measures to ensure passenger safety at train stations in the wake of the shootings.

According to the police report of Monday’s incident, the deputy who found the carjacking victim was completing paperwork while parked in a gravel lot down the road from the N.M. 599 Station. He was approached by the man, who was “covered in blood.”

When the deputy got out of his car, the report says, the man collapsed.

The victim told medical staff at the scene he had been waiting for his wife in the train station parking lot when a man, who was about 5-foot-8, came up to his vehicle. He got out of his car and began speaking with the man, the victim said, when an argument ensued and the man pulled out a gun.

The victim said the gunman shot him multiple times before stealing his Chrysler.

Crime scene technicians found two bullet casings consistent with a semi-automatic pistol, the report says.

The Chrysler was found later Monday at a motel in Albuquerque.

Last week, Santa Fe police arrested 22-year-old Matthew Arellano on charges of murder and attempted murder in the April 5 shooting at the South Capitol Station, which killed 24-year-old David Hernandez of Pojoaque and wounded 38-year-old Eli Trujillo. A dispute over a drug deal might have prompted the shooting, police have said.

The Santa Fe Police Department asks those with information about Monday’s incident to Rebecca Hilderbrandt at 505-955-5265.

(16) comments

Katherine Martinez

I suspect if any kind of ‘security’ is procured, it will likely be a joke, like the kind you see at Walmart roving around in a pick-up truck unable to do anything, unarmed, etc. I agree that crime in the city and/or county is getting completely out of hand. And although panhandling may not be a crime, our medians and street corners are becoming very dangerous to maneuver on a daily basis.

Khal Spencer

Funny. The security officer I used to see in Whole Foods was packing heat. I have not been in there too often lately to see if that is still the case since Amazon bought them out.

Rosa Cortez

And yet feckless, megalomaniac Michelle 'Lujan' Grisham can burn hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money for a ridiculous fence around the capitol, block roads, and hire extra security for a threat that never materialized. Meanwhile law abiding taxpayers can just get shot in the face in broad daylight. Isn't New Mexico wonderful?

Carmela Baca

Yes. New Mexico is great. If I thought any less of it, I would relocate.

Paul LeSage

A thorough story would have included the time of the incidence. Morning, noon, evening??? Who,what, where, why and WHEN. Journalism- first week.

Brandie Erisman

The first sentence says Monday morning.

Khal Spencer

My sister in law works for something called the Erie County Central Police Services. I don't know if it includes the Buffalo P.D. but it seems to coordinate county-wide law enforcement services. Maybe we need something like that if the various entities are not fully integrated into a manageable entity. I don't know but I suppose the county council and city governing body should tell us. Also, whether the Rail Runner needs its own police agency or a security detachment.

But if carjackings are going to be happening, I would worry about other parking facilities as well. Seems to me malls, etc., could become target rich environments. But that is a WAG.

Marcelina Garcia

So it happened in SF County...not sure why some people are so upset at the location. This was a senseless act of violence, they were shooting to kill...not even for his vehicle as it has been found. This man has a family that is torn up and trying to figure out why this happened. Once the car hit the news those scumbags ditched the vehicle. I don't care what jurisdiction this happened in, the RailRunner needs to get off their butts and get security to protect all New Mexican citizens at any RailRunner facility. The Spokesperson mentioned they will look into some sort of security measures in the future...where's the riots?! We need security now and it should have been in place after the first murder last week. Regardless if he was packing or not those degenerates walked up on him, broke the window and shot him point blank. I don't care where it happened...it happened bottom line and what measures have been taken by RailRunner, nothing!

Francisco Carbajal

Sad day for Santa Fe when the thugs from Albuquerque are ending up in the city and county area making messes. One suggestion is to request for the Board of County Commissioners and the Governing Body of Santa Fe to build a police/sheriff substation right at the rail station location immediately. This primary location should be designated as a "metro inter-agency law enforcement" public safety priority. It is a gate-way into Northern New Mexico and should be treated as such.

R. Phalange

As a long-time RR train rider I fully endorse this proposal. SF County, SF City officials and RR have not cared about safety at the stations for a long time. The County didn't care when 20 cars were broken into a few years ago at the same parking lot. The City didn't care when the Mayor was asked about rising crime in the summer of 2018 in a neighborhood assoc. mtg., and I directly asked what engagement the City has with RR officials and he didn't know. And, Rail Runner only pays for security on the trains, not at the stations. You're on your own while you're waiting for arrivals or to depart at a station.

Khal Spencer

I guess when a stranger approaches your car in this town, hit the gas. If necessary, heh....hit something else, too, if your life is endangered. Apparently the Albuquerque thugs figure we are easy marks up in the City Different.

mercedes Diener

Santa Fe hasn't had a population total under 100k since the late 90's. The huge overage just doesn't report in the census, or pay taxes.

I pray for this injured man. At the same time I am praying that our politicians in NM uphold the constitution, and protect our God given right to self defense. Several states around us have already passed statutes protecting the 2nd amendment.

Richard Reinders

We are a town of under 100K and we are seeing this kind of crime speaks to the head of the City Webber and Chief of Police and the message they send when they let crime unfold in front of their eyes and do nothing like the Obelisk destruction and letting professional panhandlers take over corners, you send a message that the City is theirs for the criminals taking. Call and tell the city you want firm law enforcement before it gets worse.

Andrew Lucero

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Stefanie Beninato

Again Richard, this carjacking occurred in the county. You use any story to talk about the obelisk which was a property crime and panhandling is not a crime although it may be a nuisance.

Marcelina Garcia

So it happened in SF County...not sure why some people are so upset at the location. This was a senseless act of violence, they were shooting to kill...not even for his vehicle as it has been found. This man has a family that is torn up and trying to figure out why this happened. Once the car hit the news those scumbags ditched the vehicle. I don't care what jurisdiction this happened in, the RailRunner needs to get off their butts and get security to protect all New Mexican citizens at any RailRunner facility. The Spokesperson mentioned they will look into some sort of security measures in the future...where's the riots?! We need security now and it should have been in place after the first murder last week. Regardless if he was packing or not those degenerates walked up on him, broke the window and shot him point blank. I don't care where it happened...it happened bottom line and what measures have been taken by RailRunner, nothing!

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