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1 Person Shot in New Mexico During a Protest Against a Statue of a Controversial Conquistador


One protester was shot in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday evening and is in serious but stable condition, according to Albuquerque police, after an altercation took place between protesters and counter-protesters. The protesters had gathered to call for the removal of a statue honoring controversial conquistador Juan de Oñate, who established the colony of New Mexico for Spain and brutalized and enslaved Native Americans.

Stephen Ray Baca, 31, is being charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a police report by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) obtained by TIME. The shooting victim is identified as Scott Williams, according to the report. The investigation is still ongoing.

Video taken at the scene shows protesters attempting to topple a statue of Oñate using a rope tied around the statue’s neck before four gunshots are heard. Additional footage shows a physical altercation between protesters and a man in a blue shirt before gunshots ring out. APD identified the man in the blue shirt as Baca, according to the police report. The report also identifies Williams as the man in the video striking Baca with a longboard.


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