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Man charged in shooting that wounded four


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A Roswell man was arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with a shooting that left four people wounded.

Isaac Ray Chavez Jr.

Isaac Ray Chavez Jr., 22, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Chavez is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond pending arraignment.

The shooting occurred at a residence in the 1300 block of West College Boulevard during a party Sunday. Police arrived at 2:10 a.m. in reference to several reports of shots fired, the press release states.

Witnesses reported that the shooting began when two men were fighting in front of the house and one man pulled out a gun and shot the other man, according to the release.

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Four men were wounded and transported to area hospitals in private vehicles.

One victim was shot in the hand, another in the arm and a third in the hip. Injuries to the three are believed to be non-life threatening. A fourth victim was wounded in the chest, but as of Monday morning was listed in stable condition, the release states.

The State of New Mexico Monday filed an expedited motion for pretrial detention with the Fifth Judicial Court in Chaves County. The motion would allow Chavez to be held without bail until the date of his trial.

The motion states that an individual charged with a felony can be held without bail pending trial if the prosecution requests a hearing and proves no reasonable release conditions can ensure the protection of another person or the community.

A pre-trail preventive detention hearing for Chavez is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chaves County Courthouse.

Police are also requesting that people come forward with any information on any other suspects who may have been involved in the shooting. People can contact the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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