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Shooting in north Raton sends two to hospital


RATON — Police were called to the 800 block of North 2nd Street Monday night just before 11 pm on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a homeowner on the block and were told several shots had been fired by unknown suspect(s). The shots struck the east side of the residence, penetrating the outside wall. Officers noted in their investigation, it appears two different firearms were used in the shooting. One weapon was suspected to be a .40 caliber handgun, the other a .12 gauge shotgun. Officers found several projectiles which penetrated the exterior wall of the residence and traveled through the living room and kitchen areas where they struck two victims. Officers were informed two male victims had sustained gunshot wounds during the shooting. The victims were transported to Miners Colfax Medical Center by private vehicle. Raton Police Chief John Garcia identified the two men as Michael Garcia (19) who was admitted and treated for non-life threatening injures, and Miguel Rodriguez (20), who sustained more serious injuries and was flown to University of New Mexico Medical Center. Police were also called to the Somerset Apartments Monday night for shots fired, where they found bullet holes matching a .40 caliber handgun. It is believed the two incidents are related, no injuries were reported from the apartments. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Raton Police Department at 575-445-2704.