Four shot, one killed in various incidents


Last updated 3/21/2020 at 3:17pm

Four people were shot and one man died in a violent six days for Clovis last week.

All the victims were between 16 and 22 years old.

Details of a Saturday morning shooting death were not immediately clear, but police said a 22-year-old man died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. The region’s Major Crimes Unit was not activated.

A shooting on Wednesday morning put an 18-year-old man in the hospital with injuries to his torso and legs. An arrest warrant was issued later Wednesday for Isaiah Robles, 26, in connection with the shooting. Robles remained at large late last week.

A Monday morning shooting spree left a man and woman hospitalized and a 16-year-old in police custody.

Also last week, the Major Crimes Unit began looking into the March 12 death of a Portales man. Officials said Ben Tabor, 35, “had sustained head injuries during some type of altercation with another male individual while parked” on the side of NM 235 near the Texas state line.

None of the incidents appeared to be related. Conditions of those injured were not released.

Saturday’s incident occurred a little after midnight in the 1400 block of Hickory Street in Clovis.

Police were called to the scene “in reference to a subject with a gunshot wound to his head,” according to a news release.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, where he died.

No additional information was provided Saturday morning.

In the other incidents:

• On Wednesday, police said a man was dropped off at Plains Regional Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was identified as Terrance Abeyta, 18. An affidavit for arrest warrant showed Robles was identified as Abeyta’s attacker. A jailhouse recording involving Abeyta’s family members stated “a drug debt ... was the cause for the shooting.”

Robles had recently been released from prison, the record shows. The shooting occurred outside the home of a Robles family member.

• Police said dozens of shots were fired in Monday’s incident in the 800 block of Oak Street.

Police made a dramatic rescue of a 31-year-old woman after she’d been shot in the shoulder and was unable to get up. They parked an armored vehicle between her and the shooter, enabling them to place her on a stretcher and take her to an ambulance.

The motive for the shooting has not been made public. Officials said they plan to charge the 16-year-old accused in the shooting as an adult, but that may take several weeks.

• Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker issued a news release Wednesday providing information about Tabor’s death following a March 8 altercation.

Tabor was alert and talking to emergency personnel when he was found, but died four days later in a Lubbock hospital.

Officials said they’re waiting on autopsy results and planning to interview additional witnesses before deciding whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.

“It may be a while as our witnesses are in Texas,” District Attorney Andrea Reeb said on Saturday.


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