“These shootings are troubling,” Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said Saturday. News conference
“We are putting all possible evidence into these investigations.”
The FBI is assisting in the investigation, the police department said A press release.
And new Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said
On Twitter, he said, “Additional state police officers are being sent to the city to work with local and federal authorities to bring the killer or killers to justice – and they will be found.”
“The targeted killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque are deeply infuriating and completely intolerable,” the governor said. Tweeted
. “We will continue to do everything we can to support the Muslim community in Albuquerque and New Mexico during this difficult time. You are New Mexicans, you are welcome here and we stand with you.”
Albuquerque police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Truman St. and Grand Ave just before midnight Friday, and the victim was pronounced dead, according to a news release from the police department. The victim, a Muslim man believed to be in his mid-20s, is of South Asian origin, police said. His identity has not been positively confirmed, the release added.
The man’s death comes a day after authorities determined he was connected to the murders of two Pakistani nationals, Muhammad Afzal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussain, 41, who were killed in southeast Albuquerque within the past two weeks. Detectives are working to determine whether it is related to the November killing of Afghan Muslim Mohammad Ahmadi. Ahmadi was killed outside his business with his brother, the police said.
The victims in the first three cases were all “ambushed and shot without warning,” said Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the police department’s criminal investigations division. Said before.
“Our top priority is to keep the community safe, especially the Muslim community, and we ask them to be vigilant, to look out for each other. If you see something, say something,” the police chief said on Saturday. “Evil shall not prevail.”
Authorities announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“Albuquerque is on edge right now, and I want to make it clear that we and our partners in law enforcement are directing every possible resource to these cases,” said Mayor Tim Keller. A statement.
“We will protect our community and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.”
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On Saturday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
“The lives of Albuquerque Muslims are at risk. Whoever is responsible for this horrific, hateful shooting must be identified and stopped — now,” CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said in a statement.
“We thank local, state and federal law enforcement for their continued work in this crisis, and we call on the Biden administration to ensure that authorities have all the resources necessary to protect Albuquerque’s Muslim community and stop those responsible for these heinous crimes and the loss of innocent lives,” Mitchell added in the statement.
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