ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The homes or offices of five elected Democratic officials, including the new attorney general in New Mexico, have been gunned down in the past month, and officials are working to determine if the attacks are connected Or not.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said no one was injured in the shooting, which is being investigated by local and federal authorities. He termed the investigation as the top priority.
Police initially reported four incidents of shootings, but disclosed late Thursday that the shooting at the former campaign office of newly elected New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez was being re-investigated.
comes between attacks Sharp rise in threats Two years after members of Congress and supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol and sent MPs running for their lives. local school board members And election worker Harassment, intimidation and threats of violence have also been faced across the country.
In New Mexico, the attacks began on December 4, when someone fired eight rounds at the Albuquerque home of Bernalillo County Commissioner Adrian Barboa, police said. Seven days later, someone fired more than a dozen times at the Albuquerque house of then-Bernillo Commissioner Debbie O’Malley.
Police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said that shotspotter technology detected multiple gunshots on December 10 in the area of Torrez’s former office. But he said the attorney general and his staff are already out after his November election.
Just this week, on Tuesday night and Thursday morning, multiple shots were fired at the home of State Sen. Linda Lopez and the office of State Sen. Mo Mestas, respectively.
Barboa, who has been county commissioner since January 2021, told Albuquerque TV station KRQE, “It was painful to hear multiple bullets fired directly through my front door as my family and I were getting ready to celebrate Christmas.” “No one deserves such threatening and dangerous attacks.”
O’Malley, who is leaving her position as commissioner after serving her maximum two terms, said in an email that she and her husband were asleep before the shots were fired at the adobe wall surrounding their home.
“To say I am outraged at this attack on my home – my family – is the understatement,” O’Malley said in an email. “I remember how grateful I was that my grandchildren weren’t spending the night, and those bullets didn’t go through my house.”
Lopez, who has been a state senator since 1997, said three of the bullets fired at her home passed through her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
“I am asking the public to provide any information that may assist police in apprehending the perpetrators,” Lopez said in a statement.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller described the shooting as disturbing. He said that it is a serious crime even if someone gets hurt.
Republican leaders in the New Mexico Senate expressed sympathy for their fellow lawmakers in a joint statement.
“We are incredibly grateful that there were no injuries to our Senate colleagues, their families and other victims,” the statement said. “The Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, and the FBI have launched an investigation and we look forward to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator.”
Federal officials have warned about the potential for violence and attacks on government officials and buildings, and the Department of Homeland Security has said that domestic extremism remains a top terrorism threat in the US.
Local authorities have also faced an increasing number of threats in recent years.
In October, An attacker is looking for then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke into her San Francisco home and used a hammer to attack her husband, Paul, who suffered blunt force injuries and was hospitalized. Rioters surrounded the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and blocked the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory Walked down the hall and shouted menacingly, “Where’s Nancy?”
member of a paramilitary group was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap Governor of Michigan. and in August, a gunman FBI office set on fire After posting online in Ohio that federal agents should be killed “on sight” after the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Across America, election workers were harassed and harassed, sending some into hiding. There have also been threats to judges, school board officials and armed protests in state capitals across the country.
in June, a man was arrested outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland and said he was there to kill the justice, after a leaked court opinion suggested the court might reverse Roe v. Wade.
But the rise of threats and violence against parliamentarians and other government officials is nothing new. In 2017, Rep. steve scalise was shot in virginia during a Congressional baseball practice.
Lee reported from Santa Fe. Associated Press reporters Terry Tang in Phoenix and Alana Durkin Richer in Boston contributed to this report.
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