Gunman Sought In Wednesday Shooting Identified

Mar 27, 2013

Las Cruces Police are continuing to look for 34-year-old Cornelius “Corn” Renteria, the man believed to be responsible for shooting his former girlfriend Wednesday morning at her residence on Holly Drive.

Renteria is bald, 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Renteria is believed to have relatives in Las Cruces and Deming, N.M.

Detectives believe Renteria and his former girlfriend were having an ongoing disagreement when he went to her home just south of 1040 Holly Drive sometime Wednesday morning. The couple was in a heated argument when, shortly after 10:30 a.m., Renteria pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at the woman.

Renteria left the residence and, according to witnesses, ran westbound on Holly Drive before jumping a fence and into an undeveloped area near El Camino Real.

The woman received two gunshot wounds to her upper chest and one to her upper thigh. She was treated at the scene before being transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. The woman’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Renteria may still be armed with a handgun and should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

Charges against Renteria are pending.

Anyone found to be assisting Renteria in avoiding law enforcement could be charged with a crime as well.

Las Cruces Police have been assisted in the search for Renteria by agents from the FBI, Border Patrol and U.S. Marshals Office, and officers from New Mexico State Police and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office.