23-year-old charged in connection with shooting cousin in face

Posted: May 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Angelo Ortiz (Photo courtesy of the Santa Fe County jail)

Angelo Ortiz, 23, was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on two counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon and served two unrelated court warrants after police responded to a gun shot in the 1700 block of 5th Street.

Police didn’t announce to the media the charges until nearly midnight Friday. Luckily I don’t always wait for the cops to hand me all the information because a little leg work earlier in the night with the jail showed Ortiz was actually charged and booked by 8:05 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $6,000 bond ($5,000 for the negligent use of a firearm charges and $500 apiece for his two unrelated warrants).

Officer Richard O’Leary was driving in the neighborhood when he heard the gunshot and went to check it out. When he did, he saw one teenager with blood on his face and another bleeding from the arm. The two teens — cousins — had been shot by a shotgun fired by Ortiz.

Ortiz’s aunt and the mother of one of the two teens shot told me they were “acting like little gangsters probably” when the gun went off and the mother of Ortiz told Journal North reporter Vic Vela the boys should have known better than to be playing with guns and “If the police would let me see (Angelo) for one minute, I would kick him in the butt.”

Lt. Louis Carlos said dispatch records show there have been 140 calls for service since 2003 to the house where the shooting happened at the intersection of Hopewell and 5th streets. The family who lives there now has not lived there that entire time, though, and it is unclear how many of those calls were related to this family.

Carlos said police had not yet determined Friday evening who the gun belonged to, why it was loaded or even why Ortiz had it out at the time of the shooting.

Here is a link to the story published in Saturday’s New Mexican about the incident:

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