Videos, 911 calls depict panic of deadly New Mexico rampage
Hundreds of witnesses called 911 earlier this month, as gunfire and bloodied victims filled the streets of Farmington, N.M. in another senseless shooting rampage.
Videos of the incident show police arriving on the scene with guns drawn, rushing toward the shooter.
As additional shots are fired, an officer yells, “Subject down! Cease fire, cease fire!” Another officer, wounded in the leg, is helped into a patrol car and driven to a nearby hospital.
In the minutes that followed, police scrambled to find a possible second shooter and scoured the neighborhood to see how far the victims and gunfire had spread.
On Friday, hours of bodycam and dash camera footage were released, along with the vast amount of 911 dispatch recordings.
The evidence gives a vivid depiction of the panic that set in during the May 15 attack that left a northwestern New Mexico community grieving.
Three women were killed, and six others injured in the rampage. The lone 18-year-old gunman was killed by responding officers.
Some 911 calls came from those finding bullet holes and broken windshields. In one instance, shattered glass struck a woman who was sitting in her car.
“A lady is in the car. And it looks like there was a bullet that went through the windshield and she’s bleeding bad,” a caller can be heard saying.
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“We heard screaming and crying,” another woman says, calling from inside her home.
Another call, labeled “Suspect’s Mother,” shows an anxious woman explaining that her son had been suffering from depression, and wondering if he had been involved.
“I’m just concerned. I have a son that’s been very, very depressed and I’m driving over and just wondering if you could give me any information,” the woman says.
“You know, he might be just fine. He’s just been really depressed and I was really concerned,” she adds.
The shooter, 18-year-old Beau Wilson, discharged over 190 rounds during the attack, in which he was armed with at least three firearms, including an AR-15. He fired the majority of the shots from his father’s home.
The victims of the shooting included Farmington residents Gwendolyn Dean Schofield, 97, her 73-year-old daughter, Melody Ivie, and Shirley Voita, 79, according to authorities.
With News Wire Services