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October 20, 2015

On Monday, October 19, 2015, at approximately 3:53 p.m., Hobbs Police Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of North Dal Paso Street in reference to multiple reports of gunshots being fired.  The Lea County Communication Authority received several calls advising that subjects from two vehicles, a black SUV and a blue Dodge truck, were shooting at each other while in the roadway.  It was reported that the vehicles traveled southbound on Dal Paso from Bender Street after the initial shots were fired.

Hobbs Police Officers located and conducted a traffic stop on a blue Dodge truck near the intersection of Dal Paso and Broadway.  The driver of the Dodge truck, Christian Espinoza, 24, of Hobbs, was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. Hobbs EMS transported Espinoza to Lea Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and later released for non-life threatening injuries.

Lea County Communication Authority received an additional 911 call from a person stating he was the other party involved in this incident and that he was in the 900 block of East Sanger.  Antonio Carmona, 23, of Hobbs, and Omar Sauceda, 27, of Hobbs, were contacted and confirmed that they were occupants of the black Lincoln SUV involved in the incident.  The Lincoln had apparent bullet holes in the front and rear windshield.

Through the investigation, it was learned that an ongoing feud exists between Sauceda and Espinoza.  On this date, both subjects were were stopped at a red light while traveling southbound at the intersection of Dal Paso and Bender.   While stopped at the red light, the parties in both vehicles recognized each other and ultimately gunshots were exchanged between Espinoza and Carmona.  There was a firearm located in each vehicle.

Upon release from the hospital, Christian Espinoza was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault (a 4th degree felony) and Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle (a 4th degree felony).  Espinoza is currently being held pending arraignment at the Lea County Detention Center.

Antonio Carmona was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Battery (a 3rd degree felony) and one count of Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle (a 4th degree felony).  Carmona is currently being held pending arraignment in the Hobbs Municipal Detention Center. 

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Hobbs Police Department at (575) 397-9265 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005.

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