Albuquerque, NM – Police said the offices and residences of at least five Democratic officials in Albuquerque have been shot up by gunmen since early December.
Local, state, and federal investigators are looking into whether the various shootings are connected, CNN reported.
Those targeted include a former county commissioner, a current county commissioner, two state senators, and the New Mexico Attorney General.
No one was injured in any of the attacks, CNN reported.
The first incident occurred on Dec. 4, 2022, when someone fired eight bullets into Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa’s home, WJHG reported.
“I returned from Christmas shopping to my home being shot up; it was terrifying,” Barboa told NPR on Jan. 6. “My house had four shots through the front door and windows, where just hours before my grandbaby and I were playing in the living room.”
More than a dozen rounds were fired into former Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley’s residence just seven days later.
O’Malley said she and her husband were asleep at the time, WJHG reported.
“To say I am angry about this attack on my home — on my family – is the least of it,” she told the news outlet. “I remember thinking how grateful I was that my grandchildren were not spending the night, and that those bullets did not go through my house.”
Technology designed to detect gunfire notified Albuquerque police about a shooting at New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez’s former campaign headquarters on Dec. 10, 2022, WJHG reported.
Police said they did not locate any damage and that no one was inside the building at the time of the incident.
New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez’s residence was hit with several rounds last week, as was New Mexico State Senator Moe Maestas’ office, WJHG reported.
“Our elected officials have chosen to serve, they should never be made to feel in danger in the comfort of their own homes,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller told CNN. “I have personally spoken with each of the victims, and we are working with them, and other elected officials (to) help provide any information about these incidents and also help them feel safe and be safe.”
Keller said investigators are looking into whether the shootings are connected.
“We do have some leads,” he said, according to NPR. “We’re worried and concerned that these are connected and possibly politically motivated or personally motivated. But we don’t know that for a fact.”
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said he is thankful that no one has been injured in any of the shootings, but he noted that every time one of these attacks occurs, “there is a potential for tragedy,” CNN reported.
“Our detectives are working overtime to track down the offender or offenders and hold them responsible,” Chief Medina added.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Raul Bujanda confirmed on Jan. 5 that the bureau is assisting with the ongoing investigation.
“We’re here to help follow the evidence,” SAC Bujanda told CNN. “And the evidence is going to lead us to exactly the individual or individuals who are responsible for this. This is something we take extremely seriously.”
New Mexico State Police are also involved in the ongoing investigation.