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RPD searches for drive-by shooter

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Members of the Roswell Police Department survey the area and surrounding evidence of the recent shooting near the corner of South Holland Avenue and East Bland Street. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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Local police are working to identify a suspect or suspects involved in a drive-by shooting Monday afternoon that led to injuring a middle-aged man who was riding a bike in east Roswell.

A Roswell police officer surveys the area and surrounding evidence near the corner of South Holland Avenue and East Bland Street after 41-year-old Joe Louis Archuleta Jr. was shot at least once while riding his bike, police said. According to the RPD, detectives have not yet identified any suspects. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

According to a news release from the Roswell Police Department’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, 41-year-old Joe Louis Archuleta Jr. was shot at least once while he was in the 1000 block of East Bland Street.

“A 911 call reported the shooting a few minutes before 5 p.m.,” Wildermuth said. “The caller reported the victim ran from the scene after being shot.”

Wildermuth said authorities soon found Archuleta sitting on a sidewalk in the 500 block of Cottonwood Avenue, about a block to the east of where the shooting took place.

Portions of traffic for both East Bland and South Cottonwood Avenue, just west of Nancy Lopez Elementary, were closed off for RPD investigators.

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Police said Archuleta was treated by Roswell Fire Department medics and transported to a local hospital.

After his condition was stabilized in Roswell, Archuleta was flown to another hospital for further treatment.

Wildermuth said Archuleta is expected to survive.

The closed-off roadways set up by Roswell Police officers were eventually opened back up to the public hours later.

Authorities later requested Roswell firefighters to assist in cleaning the crime scene.

While investigators are working to identify and locate those responsible for the drive-by, Wildermuth said RPD detectives have not yet identified any suspects.

However, authorities said they believe the car involved in the shooting may have been maroon in color.

Police said anyone with potential information regarding this case is asked to call the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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