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Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection with a shooting in west Roswell late Thursday night.

According to a news release by the Roswell Police Department’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, 20-year-old Sebastian J. Montes is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of a 28-year-old man who sat with him in a vehicle in an alley south of Capitan Park.

Roswell Police and firefighters responded to a shooting in the alley near West Alameda Street and Evergreen Avenue at about 10:55 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

“The suspect fled on foot and the victim called 911,” Wildermuth said in a news release. “The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his right arm and right chest. An RPD sergeant who arrived on scene used a tourniquet to help stop the victim’s bleeding before medics transported the victim to a hospital. The victim is expected to survive.”

Police described Montes as about 5 feet, 11 inches in height, weighing about 175 pounds and with tattoos on his neck and right leg.

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Police said anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Montes, or having any other information in relation to the investigation is asked to call the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.

According to an aggravated battery with a firearm incident report by the Roswell Police Department, a bullet was recovered from the chest of 28-year-old Pete Hernandez of Roswell.

Much of the southern area of Capitan Park, near the 500 block of South Pinon Avenue, was blocked off by police at the time of the incident.

“Get units on Pinon,” an officer said over radio traffic Thursday night. “I ran over some stuff in the street (unintelligible). That’s where the shooting took place.”

“We can have a unit come down south of us,” another officer stated minutes later. “We’ve got some evidence.”

Past midnight, into early Friday morning, the RPD’s Technical Services Unit arrived.

The area blocked off with yellow tape included the Alameda-Evergreen alley, which contained miscellaneous personal objects like footwear and a hat scattered about.

At the most southwest corner of the park, a silver 1997 Mercedes belonging to 48-year-old Terence Singleton was also contained within the area.

Police said a motive for the shooting remains uncertain.

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

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