A failed Republican candidate for the New Mexico House of Representatives was arrested by a SWAT team on Monday and charged with orchestrating a series of shootings targeting Democrats in Albuquerque, police said.
Solomon Peña, who lost his race to represent the state’s 14th House District last year, paid and conspired with four men to shoot at the homes of two state lawmakers and two county commissioners, according to Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina.
“It is believed he is the mastermind,” Medina said at a news conference, according to CNN.
Peña is charged in a December 4 incident at the home of Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa, a December 8 shooting at the home of state House Speaker Javier Martinez, a December 11 shooting at the home of former Bernalillo Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, and a January 3 shooting at the home of state Sen. Linda Lopez, where he was present himself, police said.
“Peña himself went on this shooting and actually pulled the trigger on at least one of the firearms that was used,” Albuquerque Police Commander Kyle Hartsock said, according to CNN, but the AR handgun he was using malfunctioned. Another shooter fired more than a dozen rounds from a different gun, according to police.
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