LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Investigators in Las Cruces are trying to piece together what happened during a shooting in which one man was critically injured.
Dan Trujillo, spokesman for the Las Cruces Police Department, said the shooting happened at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kilby Motel at 1045 S. Main St.
Officers found a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound at the scene.
Employees at neighboring businesses, like Young Guns Hatch Chile, tell CBS4, police closed Main Street following the incident. They say they saw several officers putting on protective vests while they bang the search for the suspected shooter.
"I think the police really come on the scene quickly and took control and they're to be thanked for that. They didn't know what situation they were under, they could have been fired upon," Cindy Sment said.
A 46-year-old man believed to have shot the 24-year-old was found in a storage building nearby with the help of a K-9 unit, Trujillo said.
He was taken into custody but will not be charged until the investigation is finished.
Trujillo said the 24-year-old was taken to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he is in critical but stable condition.
Sment says police arrive to the motel frequently for various incidents.
"We've seen quite a bit of drama at that hotel. There's very poor people, people that are in trouble in that facility and there's frequently arguing in and everything, a lot of jumping into that hotel. So it's not the best situation over there," Sment said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call police at 575-526-0795.