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Shots fired from vehicle closes street

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Sheriff Mike Herrington and the Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies stand at the intersection of North Lea Avenue and West Sixth Street Wednesday afternoon. Deputies and officers with the Roswell Police Department blocked off the intersection following reports of someone firing a handgun out of a white car passing through the area. No one was reported hurt.  (Alex Ross Photo)

Local law enforcement briefly blocked off a portion of North Lea Avenue Wednesday, after a person allegedly fired several shots from a handgun while driving through the neighborhood.

The 600 block of North Lea Avenue from West Sixth to West Seventh streets was cordoned off by units from the Roswell Police and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mike Herrington, who was at the scene, said a call came in at about noon of gunshots fired from a white car traveling south. A male in the passenger seat is believed to have fired multiple rounds in the area before the car turned left onto West Sixth Street and then onto Pennsylvania Avenue.

No one was reported injured as a result of the shots fired, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department said. He added it is believed no houses or other property were damaged.

Herrington said officers with the Roswell Police Department were on the scene and went door to door in the area to make sure no one was struck.

One of the houses in the area belongs to a deputy and Herrington said when the call came in, he suspected the gunfire might have been intended for that deputy. However, he said after examining the scene, he no longer believed that to be the case.

“It doesn’t appear as if he was specifically targeting anybody, that’s just what it looks like now,” Herrington said.

Wildermuth said Wednesday night the incident remains under investigation by police.

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