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Man arrested in Sunday shooting

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A suspect in an early Sunday morning shooting in Roswell that left one man wounded has been arrested in Lea County.

Personnel with the Lea County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Austin York, 22, of Roswell, Sunday evening on an outstanding warrant obtained by Roswell police earlier that day, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the RPD, said Monday.

York faces one criminal count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle; aggravated battery; bribery or intimidation of a witness; retaliation against a witness; firearms or destructive devices receipt, transportation or possession by a felon; and aggravated assault, deadly weapon, according to court records.

The shooting happened Sunday at about 6 a.m. in the area of North Michigan Avenue and West 10th Street while the 26-year-old male victim and a male passenger were inside a 2019 silver Dodge Ram pickup truck that was stopped at a stop sign.

York, driving a blue Chrysler 300, allegedly pulled up, produced a firearm and fired three rounds into the Dodge Ram, one of which struck the victim in the chest.

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Wildermuth said Monday the victim was subsequently taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Court filings state the passenger of the pickup moved into the driver’s seat and then drove the victim to Lovelace Hospital.

Both the passenger and victim identified York as the shooter. According to court documents, the passenger and the shooting victim each said they had been taunted by York for several months: the shooting victim because he filed a report with police about a stolen firearm and the passenger for being a witness in a recent local homicide case.

The District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District has filed a motion to hold York in pretrial detention. Electronic court filings indicate a hearing on whether to grant the motion has been scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.

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

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