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  • Authorities: 2 people dead after a shooting in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff's officials say at least two people are dead after a shooting in Albuquerque. They say several other victims were taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Authorities say the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday and it is unclear how many shooters were involved. The names, ages and genders of the two people killed weren't immediately identified.

  • 4 shot and wounded at house party on Albuquerque's west side

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say four people were shot and wounded at a large house party on the city's west side, but nobody was seriously injured. They say officers responded to the scene shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday after they received a 911 call. Police say four people who were at the party suffered gunshot wounds to their legs, although none of the injuries were life-threatening. They say gunfire also struck several homes and vehicles in the neighborhood, but there were no reports of injuries at those homes. Police say detectives with the Gun Violence Reduction Unit recovered several firearms during the investigation. Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina says detectives have identified several people involved and they face prosecution.

  • Navajo Nation reports 67 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 67 more COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe's totals to 36,817 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll now is at 1,487. TThe Navajo Department of Health had reported 105 more COVID-19 cases Friday but no deaths for the 20th time in the past 30 days and then 77 cases and one death on Saturday. Based on cases from Oct. 8-21, the tribal health department issued an advisory notice for 48 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. The tribe's reservation is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) and covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.PROP FIREARM-MOVIE SET
'She was my friend' — Alec Baldwin mourns cinematographer
Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly for the first time on camera about the cinematographer he fatally shot on the movie set of "Rust," calling her a friend and saying he is in "constant contact" with her grieving family. Baldwin spoke to photographers Saturday on a roadside in Vermont. He called the film crew "very, very well-oiled" until "this horrible event happened." The video was distributed by TMZ. Investigators believe Baldwin's gun fired a single live round that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. Baldwin said he was speaking out so that the photographers would stop following his family.

  • Town: Nothing improper with hidden camera in police office

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Officials in a New Mexico town deny wrongdoing in the installation of a hidden surveillance camera in a police office used by a now-former police sergeant who says her expectation of privacy was violated. KRQE-TV reports that a lawyer for the former Bernalillo Police Department sergeant, Monica Torres, has formally notified the town that Torres intends to sue, alleging violation of a state law requiring consent from at least one person in a recording. Bernalillo officials said in a statement that the town stands by its policies and that nothing improper occurred. A special prosecutor is reviewing a state police investigation's conclusion that no crime had been found.

  • New Mexico looks to end waiting list for disability services

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the state Health and Human Services departments are awaiting federal approval to tap into a temporary funding stream for a developmental disabilities program. The move would help end a 13-year wait faced by New Mexico families seeking services under the program. The officials told a panel of lawmakers this week about their plan to move about 4,100 people off the waiting list and into services in the next two years. State funding of about $75 million a year would be needed eventually. Participants in the program can receive therapy, help with employment and other services aimed at allowing them to be active members of the community.

  • Albuquerque police: Party gunfire wounds 'multiple" people

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say at least several people were shot and wounded by gunfire during what was described as a large house party early Saturday morning. A Police Department statement said "multiple subjects" were shot and taken to a hospital but that none of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening. The statement also said several occupied residences were struck by gunfire but said no injuries were reported involving people in those residences. No identities were released and no immediate arrest was reported.

  • Rust' armorer attorneys blame producers for 'unsafe' set

Attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of weapons on the movie set where Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, say she doesn't know where the live rounds found there came from, and blamed producers for unsafe working conditions. Gutierrez Reed was the armorer on the set of "Rust." The 24-year-old Gutierrez Reed, who had worked on one previous feature film, hasn't yet spoken publicly about the accident. During a news conference Wednesday, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said there was "some complacency" in how weapons were handled on the set of "Rust." Investigators found 500 rounds of ammunition, including a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what appeared to be live rounds.