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Police Probe Shootings at Homes and Office of Elected Democrats in New Mexico -- WSJ

The Wall Street Journal · 01/06/2023 14:19

By Ginger Adams Otis

Police in Albuquerque, N.M., are investigating four shootings over the past month that hit homes and an office of local Democratic officials.

No one was injured in the shootings and authorities have yet to determine whether the attacks against the two state senators and two county officials were connected, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said. Federal authorities are assisting in the investigation, he said in a statement Thursday.

Chief Medina didn't respond to a request for comment Friday.

National and local lawmakers from both parties as well as judges have faced escalating harassment and threats of violence in recent years, as political divisions have deepened in many places.

Some of those affected include Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was targeted in June 2022 by an armed man who said he planned to kill him, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, who faced a kidnap plot in 2020.

Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who served on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, shared a photo over the summer of a letter he said was sent to his wife.

"He will be executed," the author wrote, adding that Mr. Kinzinger's wife and 5-month-old son would be joining him in hell.

In New Mexico, the first shooting occurred on Dec. 4, when someone fired eight rounds at the southeastern Albuquerque residence of Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa around 4:41 p.m., police said.

A week later, a shooting occurred at the home of then-Bernalillo Commissioner Debbie O'Malley in North Valley, a suburb of the city. More than a dozen rounds hit the walls and house, the Albuquerque Police Department said.

On Tuesday, at least eight shots were fired at the home of state Sen. Linda Lopez in southwestern Albuquerque. The shots occurred sometime after midnight, according to police.

Police responded Thursday morning to a report of three gunshots in downtown Albuquerque, near the law office where state Sen. Moe Maestas works, the department said. No damage was found at the building.

Chief Medina said detectives have collected evidence from all four shooting locations.

"We are working as quickly as possible with our federal partners to analyze the evidence," he wrote on Twitter.

The three officials and Ms. O'Malley weren't immediately available to comment.

Write to Ginger Adams Otis at Ginger.AdamsOtis@wsj.com

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January 06, 2023 14:19 ET (19:19 GMT)

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