Police say Lowe’s robbery preceded Telshor shooting

Note: This story was updated at 1:39 p.m. Thursday, July 28, after Las Cruces police detailed the shooting near Frenger Park.

LAS CRUCES — A man is in jail and a shooting suspect has yet to be arrested as police and city officials plan to hold a press conference to answer questions about two unrelated shootings that rocked the residents.

The first shooting seriously injured a 17-year-old boy. Police said the shooting happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of E. Park Drive and Branson Avenue, just east of Frenger Park.

In a news release sent around 1.30pm on Thursday, police said the boy was meeting other young men near the park when there was an altercation. A suspect pulled out a gun and shot the boy, police said. The boy was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso. It is listed in critical condition.

Police believe the suspect may have fled the area in a white sport utility vehicle. Las Cruces police are asking for witnesses to come forward and help identify the suspect. Anyone with information should call police at 575-526-0795. Advice may also be provided anonymously by calling Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS”.

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The second shooting happened around 8pm near the old Wing Daddy’s on Telshor Boulevard and Sundown Road. Wednesday night police described it as a shootingbut provided few other details.

According to an LCPD Det. Jesse Gonzales deposed, the incident began at Lowe’s Home Improvement on North Main Street.

Gonzales wrote in an affidavit that two men, Myles Luciano, 25, and Joshua Lopez, 25, attempted to steal goods. Gonzales cited two store employees and a customer who said they saw the two men steal an air conditioner from shoplifting and then threaten people in the store with a gun.

According to Gonzales, an assistant manager spotted the two men as they attempted to leave with an AC unit. Then an assistant manager and another employee confronted Luciano and Lopez as they attempted to leave.

Luciano then pulled out what Gonzales described as a black handgun and pointed it at the manager and employee before leaving. Gonzales said store security cameras recorded that part of the incident.

Gonzales does not say how Luciano ended up at the intersection of Telshor Boulevard and Sundown Road, but prison records show that police detained Luciano there.

Luciano is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a fourth degree felony and misdemeanor failure to pay fines and failure to appear.

After his arrest, Luciano said the gun was fake. He told another detective it was a BB gun.

Lopez’s fate is unclear. Gonzales did not say if police also detained Lopez, if he left the area before Luciano’s arrest, or if Lopez was injured or killed in the shooting.

A witness whose office overlooks Telshor near Wing Daddy’s told the Sun-News she heard the incident. The woman did not want to be named, but said she heard a loud crash around 8 p.m. She described it as the sound of metal slamming against metal. As she got up to look out the window to see the impact, she assumed the incident was a trivial traffic accident. Then half a dozen shots rang out.

The woman said she took cover. Then, she ran deeper into her office as the bullets continued to fly outside. In all, she said, the exchange lasted a minute or two.

LCPD leader Miguel Dominguez will host a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The conference will be streamed live on the city’s YouTube page and on the city’s website.

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Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at [email protected].

Lance B. Holton