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Suspect wanted in Sunday shooting

Roswell Police, New Mexico State Police and Chaves County sheriff’s deputies at the scene of a shooting late Saturday in the 800 block of East Fifth Street. Two juvenile males — one 15 and the other 16 years of age — were arrested and face charges in connection with the shooting that left one woman wounded. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Two juveniles charged in Saturday drive-by shooting

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in one shooting over the weekend and arrested two juveniles in another.

Jerry John Barrera Jr. (Submitted Photo)

Jerry John Barrera Jr., 36, of Roswell, is wanted on one count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle; aggravated battery; and felon in possession of a firearm in a shooting Sunday at about 9:40 a.m. near the intersection of South Richardson Avenue and West Deming Street, in which a 20-year old man was shot in the back, according to a press release issued Monday by the Roswell Police Department.

As of Monday morning, the victim was still hospitalized and in critical condition.

Barrera, the press release states, is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 175 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, and numerous tattoos on his body including one on his neck that reads “Jay.”

Sunday’s shooting was one of four that happened over a violent weekend in Roswell.

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Two brothers — one 15 and one 16 — were arrested Saturday in connection with a drive-by shooting that left one woman injured earlier that day.

Police responded at 4:15 p.m. to the shooting in the 800 block of Fifth Street, where a 39-year-old woman was struck in the leg and shoulder by gunfire as she sat in a vehicle with a man and two small children.

The victim was subsequently transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, and has since been released.

According to the press release, witnesses claimed that many people were inside the vehicle from which the shots came. However, when police found and stopped the suspect vehicle several blocks away, the 16-year-old suspect was the only person in there.

The 15-year-old suspect was discovered hiding in the attic of a house that was searched late Saturday night.

Both suspects each face one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle; conspiracy to commit shooting at or from a motor vehicle; aggravated battery; conspiracy to commit aggravated battery; and two counts of child abuse. The release states that both teenage suspects were transported to a juvenile detention facility.

Police were also dispatched to 2000 block of South Sunset Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Sunday after an apartment building in the area was struck by gunfire, according to the release.

A 20-year-old woman who was in the building was struck in the wrist when several shots were fired from outside into the apartment, where a woman and two children were also with the victim at the time. Two dogs in the apartment were also hit by gunfire but are expected to survive.

Individuals with information on any of the shootings, or that could lead to the location of Barrera, should contact the Roswell Police Department 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 breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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