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New Mexico Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond to Fatal Shootings of Five People in Northern New Mexico

Previous Everytown Research Shows That the Majority of Mass Shootings Are Related to Domestic or Family Violence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, responded to the fatal shootings of five people across the state yesterday. While details are still unfolding, the incident reportedly began when a man shot and killed his mother, stepfather and brother at a private home in La Madera. Reports indicate the suspect then hitchhiked towards Antonio, Colorado and hours later shot and killed the driver, stole the truck and began driving toward Abiquiu. The shooter then stopped in Abiquiu at Bode’s General Store, where he shot and killed a store employee. The suspect was apprehended by local law enforcement at the scene after he fled the scene and ran the stolen truck into a tree. The suspect will reportedly be booked in the Rio Arriba County Detention Center on five open counts of murder.

Previous research by Everytown revealed that between January 2009 and December 2016, 54 percent of mass shootings in America were relate to domestic or family violence.

STATEMENT FROM EMILIE DE ANGELIS, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEAD WITH THE NEW MEXICO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“This week, gun violence has made headlines too many times across our country. I’m horrified by the news of yesterday’s tragic mass shooting in our state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. While details are still unfolding, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. As Americans and New Mexicans, we can and should do more to to prevent gun violence.”