Five Fatally Shot In Northern New Mexico; Suspect In Custody

Jun 16, 2017

Credit Damian Herrera

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who they say fatally shot five people in New Mexico on Thursday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports sheriff's deputies arrested 21-year-old Damian Herrera in connection with the shootings across Taos and Rio Arriba counties.

District Attorney Marco Serna says his office will be charging Herrera with five counts of open murder and will request the court hold him without bond.

Authorities have not yet released a motive and say there doesn't appear to be links between the victims.

The newspaper reports three people were killed in Vallecitos, a small community north of Ojo Caliente; another person was killed when the shooter went to nearby Tres Piedras; and the final victim was found in the village of Abiquiú.

Information from: Santa Fe New Mexican.