Failed Candidate Arrested In Shootings At New Mexico Democrats’ Homes

FILE - Deputy Chief Harold Medina, right, and Lt. Joe Viers discuss the Albuquerque Police Department's policy for responding to protests during at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., June 22, 2020. Authorities in New Mexico's largest city have found evidence of gunfire at the home of another elected official in early Dec. 2022, bringing the number of officials who have reported gunfire at or near their homes or officers over recent weeks to six. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

At a glance

  • Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday said the have arrested a failed state Legislature candidate in connection with shootings at locations associated with Democrat leaders.
  • The suspect as been identified as Solomon Pena, a Republican, who is accused of conspiring with and paying four men to carry out separate shooting at  the homes of two Bernalillo County commissioners and two state legislators.
  • Two other shootings previously thought to be linked to the case have so far not been connected to Pena.
  • Last week police announced the arrest of another suspect in the case, but on described Pena as the “mastermind” of the shootings.

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