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Surveillance video captures argument, Wednesday shooting

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A surveillance video shows the suspect and victim in a fatal shooting Wednesday in south Roswell were engaged in an argument in the moments before the shooting occurred.

Police were also told by a witness that Arturo Duran-Lujan, 40, of Albuquerque, shot Leroy Jaramillo Acosta, 37, following an argument, according to an affidavit filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

The witness said she did not know what the men were fighting about prior to the shooting. Though a handgun was later found on Acosta, the witness said Duran-Lujan was the only person she saw with a gun.

Police responded to calls of a shot and people screaming outside a 300 block of East Ballard Street residence. Acosta was found lying on the sidewalk and shot in the face. First responders performed CPR before transporting Acosta to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he later died.

Duran-Lujan fled the scene before police arrived, but was arrested late Wednesday in Albuquerque after a warrant was obtained for his arrest on one charge each of second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and child abuse.

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A relative of Acosta said there was a family gathering going on at the house at the time of the shooting.

Police also obtained surveillance video that, according to the affidavit, showed the shooting and the moments leading up to and following it.

In the video, a male wearing a white tank top and identified as Duran-Lujan, according to the affidavit, is seen approaching a group of people standing outside of the East Ballard Street residence near a parked vehicle in which a woman is sitting. Duran-Lujan is then seen swinging a couple of times at Acosta before a flash is seen coming from a muzzle.

The video allegedly shows Duran-Lujan then walking up a driveway with what appears to be a firearm in his hand. When Duran-Lujan approaches the door to the house, another male is seen crouching down as if taking cover from something and multiple people start running toward the front door of the house to get inside.

Once Duran-Lujan reaches the front door, the video shows him turning around. He then climbs into the rear driver’s side of a four-door silver vehicle. An older male is then seen getting into the driver’s seat and a female into the back seat.

As of Thursday afternoon, electronic court records did not list a time at which Duran-Lujan is scheduled to appear in court. The arrest warrant states Duran-Lujan’s bond will be set at arraignment.

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

 

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