ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police detectives have arrested a suspect in a double homicide that took place in a northeast Albuquerque parking lot late Friday night.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik said Anthony Kapinski, 24, of Edgewood was taken into custody Saturday evening in connection with the shooting deaths of 21-year-old Jordan Mucher and 22-year-old Paul Francia.
Kapinski was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on two open counts of murder and was being held without bond, Drobik said.
Around 11:15 p.m. Friday, officers heard shots fired in the area of 3601 Montgomery NE, near Carlisle, and saw vehicles speeding away.
“Officers discovered several witnesses and two victims with gunshot wounds,” Drobik said.
Officer Daren DeAguero, another APD spokesman, said one person was dead and another was critically wounded.
“Officers immediately rendered aid and rescue was called to the scene,” DeAguero said. “That individual also succumbed to his injuries.”
Multiple witnesses at the scene identified Anthony “Puck” Kapinski as the shooter of both people, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.
A witness, who knows both Francia and Mucher, told police the dispute started because the victims believed Kapinski had stolen vehicle parts from them in the past.
Although the witness didn’t see the shooting, he told police he watched Kapinski leave the parking lot immediately afterward.
“He then noticed Paul and Jordan had been shot,” an officer wrote in the complaint.
Another witness told police she watched Francia walk over to Kapinski’s car in the parking lot and punch Kapinski, who was with an unknown male.
The witness said Kapinski fell into the driver’s seat and Francia and the unknown male began to fight, according to the complaint.
Mucher jumped into the fight to help Francia when the witness “heard gunshots” and “saw muzzle flashes” coming from inside the car Kapinski was in, according to the complaint.
The witness told police she saw Francia take a few steps holding his chest, “then fall straight forward into the grass” before she watched Kapinski leave the parking lot in a green Honda Civic.
“She approached Paul and noticed he had blood on his chest,” the complaint states.
Devery Peña said he and his friends thought the gunshots were a car backfiring.
“We were just talking, and we heard popping,” he said. “We turned around, and all of a sudden, we hear screaming, running.”
Peña said people were shouting that someone was shot.
More than 200 people and dozens of cars were in the parking lot on the northwest corner before the incident, he said.
Peña said a large crowd frequently gathers on Friday…