Shooting at Clarke Field
A shooting incident at Clarke Field on Monday resulted in two arrests.
Socorro Police Department Chief George Van Winkle said one man was wounded and drove himself to the hospital.
SPD Detective Rocky Fernandez said two people were arrested in the incident.
According to the criminal complaints filed in Socorro Magistrate Court, Phillip Martinez, of Socorro, and Marcos Gutierrez, of Los Lunas, are each charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, child abuse, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.
The criminal complaints state police met with the victim of the shooting, a Socorro man, at Socorro General Hospital. He had been shot four times, once through the neck and the rest hitting his arms. The man’s vehicle, a pink Nissan truck, had two bullet holes in the driver’s side door.
The victim gave police descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they were in.
The victim said the vehicle’s passenger, a Hispanic man with tattoos over his eyes, asked him if he knew where to find another Socorro man. When the victim told them he did not know, the passenger — later identified as Gutierrez — started shooting at the victim and his pink truck.
Police then found the Socorro man Martinez and Gutierrez had been looking for. The man told police he had gotten into a fight with Martinez some time ago in the trailer park where the man lives.
Police then went to Martinez’s residence and found Gutierrez in the yard, and they arrested him. Police met with Martinez’s mother, who owns the residence, and asked if Martinez was there. Martinez then came out of the home and was arrested.
Martinez’s mother gave police consent to search the home, according to the criminal complaint. They did not find any firearms in the home, nor in Gutierrez’s vehicle, which was parked in the back.
Police took the suspects back to the Socorro Police Department and asked Martinez to cooperate, but Martinez denied having anything to do with the incident.
Police took photos of the suspects to the victim at the hospital. He identified Martinez but wasn’t certain about Gutierrez, although he said the man who shot at him had tattoos over his eyes and pock marks on his face similar to Gutierrez’s. The victim said he was driving on Spring Street when the men pulled up alongside him and told him to pull over. They asked for the Socorro man just before they started shooting.
Police then met with the victim’s cousin, who said Gutierrez and Martinez had been to his house with their guns earlier in the day and had threatened him. They had asked where to find a man and woman, although not the same man they asked the victim about later. The cousin identified Gutierrez and Martinez in a lineup.
The cousin said he told the men: “Hey, don’t do that here, I have my kid.” The cousin said Gutierrez then told Martinez to calm down. The two men then left the home after threatening the cousin.
The cousin said shortly after the two men left, the victim stopped by, then left.
Gutierrez and Martinez were booked into the Socorro County Detention Center.