Santa Fe police on Sunday were investigating a drive-by shooting that sent a teenager to the hospital.

The shooting took place around 4:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Lois Lane near Las Acequias Park on the city's south side, police said. 

"An unknown vehicle fled the scene after an occupant of the vehicle fired multiple gunshots at the residence," according to a news release.

The 17-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening, and he was later released, police said.

Police were trying to determine what connection, if any, the shooter might have to the victim.

“We’re still trying to look at video and evidence we collected at the scene,” Sante Fe police Capt. Aaron Ortiz said in an interview.

It was the city's second drive-by shooting in less than a week. Police arrested Angelo Hernandez, 18, on suspicion of carrying out a drive-by shooting on Wednesday in the 4700 block of Riverside Loop. No one was injured in that shooting.

The police department is asking anyone with information on Sunday's shooting to call Detective Anthony Sweeny at 505-955-5401.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

(18) comments

William Mee

The Las Acquias Park is a small neighborhood park that was forced into being a "Regional Park" by the building of Rufina Street. Many of the residents of Las Acequias 650 homes are afraid to use the park. They have met with police on many occasions, with similar gang activity, and yet this happens. It is not like it is that far from the Police Station on Entrada and the hidden Sub-Station at the old College of Santa Fe.

Cheryl Odom


Lupe Molina

SFPD already lost the evidence.

Carolyn DM

It was probably the same little useless punks that did the shooting at Swan Park several months ago, then were taken in by the SWAT Team, since they are undoubtedly out on bail.

Miguel Perez

It seem that cities with far left soft on crime mayors and strict gun laws have very high murder rates. Think Albuquerque, Chicago, Los Angeles, et al.

Joe Brownrigg

Miguel, the facts defy your claims. Areas with strict gun laws have LOWER murder rates. None of the three cities you cite have "far left soft on crime mayors." Those are old, untrue tropes. To add to this, most murders by guns are suicides. And vets have a much higher rate of suicide than the national average. I think you are fanning divisions.

Khal Spencer

Five years ago I looked at the Center for American Progress gun law rankings vs. homicide rate and there was no correlation.

Not sure anyone has done a review since then because generally, both sides cherry-pick the data to prove their points. The RAND corp. finds very little compelling evidence for most gun policy but do make a few recommendations, which seem pretty good to me. See this and the embedded links.

Joe Brownrigg

Khal, thank you for these two articles. I read them both. I hope others will do so, also. The BOTTOM LINE for both of them is that research on gun usage/consequences/laws is very complex and very limited. Entry into these discussions are only for the sharp and committed mind!

Still, two consensus points: suicide by gun is the number one killer; various concealed carry and open carry laws seem to add to the number of deaths by guns.

Again, thank you.

Khal Spencer

Hi Joe. Thanks for reading my blog! I've unfortunately gotten weary of updating it. Probably has to do with old age and laziness.

New Mexico's concealed carry law is one of the better if not best ones. It requires two full days of training, a shooting test, and submitting an application with fingerprints and mug shots to the State Police. Requires refresher training every four years and a repeat of the shooting test every two years.

Those hoops weed out people who don't take it seriously and ensures anyone who completes the class has a good understanding of guns and lethal force law. I think it should be a national standard rather than this tug of war between Constitutional Carry (for example, Texas) and May Issue laws such as in New York State. But Red vs. Blue would rather fight than compromise.

Angel Ortiz

Sorry your Mayor can't make it better. SFPD needs to due their due diligence followed by our District Attorney. Neither of these will happen.

Richard Reinders

The police and the DA swore an oath and the oath comes first not what the Mayor says.

How can the Mayor compel someone to break an oath they swore too.

Emily Koyama

If your teens are out at 4:30 am, they're probably up to no good. If they're sleeping all day, that's another clue. Unfortunately, some parents could care less.

Khal Spencer


Michael Grimler

...and some couldn't care less.

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Jim Klukkert

Well Emmy, I find your snark consistently abusive, but given your called my name, I will this time call out your abuse to the SFNM web page monitor.

Richard Reinders

[thumbup] It is not the kid its the parent, it starts at home teaching civic responsibility

Khal Spencer

We are becoming Shootaquerque North. Its about time parents took control of their young ones. Lest we all feel like we have to arm ourselves to protect us against these street thugs.

Lock up your guns and if need be, turn in your kids. Better to have them arrested for minor in possession than an open count of murder.

Gerald Joyce

Mr. Mayor what say you! Time to step up.

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