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Teen arrested in shooting outside local preschool

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A teenager was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting at another individual outside a Roswell preschool Wednesday.

The Roswell Police Department announced in a press release a 17-year-old male was served with a warrant on one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle Thursday while being held at the police station.

He faces an additional charge of minor in possession of controlled substances after police reportedly found marijuana and prescription medication in his pocket when he was taken into custody.

Charges against the suspect stem from a drive-by shooting outside the Parkview Early Literacy Center in the 1700 block of West Alameda Street, in which another male in the area was targeted.

According to the press release, the targeted man was walking when he was shot at and was later seen running from the scene. The suspect allegedly opened fire due to an ongoing dispute he was having with the intended target.

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No evidence was found to suggest the intended victim was hit by the gunfire, but a shots fired call made at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday in the area did lead to lockdowns at Parkview as well as Sierra Middle School and El Capitan Elementary School. The lockdowns were lifted one hour and 20 minutes after the shooting.

People in the area later reported seeing a vehicle speeding away from the scene immediately after the shots were heard, the press release stated.

The suspect was found and taken into custody Wednesday at 7 p.m. at a 3100 block of Delicado Drive residence, after police saw what they believed to be a vehicle involved in the shooting.

According to the press release, the vehicle started to drive away but was stopped by officers. The 24-year-old driver was questioned before the suspected shooter was found at the location.

The driver was also believed to have been driving the vehicle in which the suspect was a passenger when the shots were fired. As of Thursday, no charges were filed against the driver in connection with the shooting.

The New Mexico Juvenile Probation and Parole Office had approved incarceration of the suspect. However, because no juvenile detention centers had space for inmates, the press release states the suspect was released to the custody of his parents while awaiting his initial court appearance.

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

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