Eight Year Old Shot In Sunday Night Altercation

Avenida Canada Apartment complex, the site of Sunday's shooting. Valley Daily Post photo

Eight Year Old Shot In Sunday Night Altercation

Staff Report

The evening of Sunday, Nov. 1, went very wrong for one 8-year-old boy (Name of the juvenile victim withheld according to Valley Daily Post editorial policy) living in the Avenida Canada Apartment complex on the east side of Española. At approximately 9:20 p.m. an argument between his mother and another woman escalated to a shooting which wounded the boy in the shoulder.

According to police reports and subsequent interviews Yvette Rivera, mother of the injured child had been arguing with Angel Garcia before the shooting. Conflicting reports give different reasons for the confrontation. One statement reportedly says that Rivera, Garcia and Garcia’s sister Davina Torres had been arguing over a stolen wallet, while a testimony given by Garcia states that her sister and Rivera had been arguing about a man they were both reportedly dating.

Torres and Rivera had been at an apartment in the Avenida Canada complex where Rivera resides arguing. At some point in the evening Torres allegedly called her sister Garcia and asked her to come to the apartment complex to pick her up. Garcia and her boyfriend Aaron Archuleta (28) arrived in a white Lincoln Navigator owned by Garcia. The argument continued outside for some time and then Torres, Garcia and Archuleta got into the Lincoln and began to drive off.

At this point witnesses disagree about what happened next. According to police reports and witnesses at the scene the Lincoln stopped shortly after they began to drive away and Archuleta exited the vehicle and fired five shots from a handgun back toward the apartment complex. In a statement to the press Garcia stated that the vehicle did not stop and no one fired a gun at the apartment but she alleges that a “drunk man came out and started shooting a shotgun at us.”

Surveilance video footage at the apartment complex reportedly shows the white Lincoln stop and the driver exit the car and fire a gun back the direction it had come from, before speeding from the scene.

Police were called immediately and police and EMT’s arrived on the scene and aided the wounded child.

A few minutes after the first 911 call officer Bryon Abeyta saw the white Lincoln on Fairview Lane and both Abeyta and officer Brandon Archuleta proceeded to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle at first refused to stop, continuing to drive and turning south on McCurdy Road before finally stopping south of #1035 South McCurdy. Officers Abeyta and Archuleta took Leann Abeyta-Baca, Angel Garcia, Davina Torres and Aaron Archuleta into custody.

Later that evening police searched the roadside for possible discarded evidence and discovered two handguns, a pink and black FMK semiauto 9mm, and a black semiauto Ruger LCP 9mm. Both guns were located on the property of the church on the southwest corner of Fairview and McCurdy, at the site the Lincoln turned.

Police recovered five shell casings from the scene of the shooting and found no evidence of anyone else discharging a firearm, as the suspects allege.

The vhild was transported to Española Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The boy has since been released from the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing