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Police respond to car crash, shooting near El Paseo and University

LAS CRUCES – Three people were hospitalized as the result of a car crash followed by a shooting Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred near the intersection of El Paseo Road and University Avenue around 4 pm, according to a Las Cruces Police Department spokesperson.

A resident near the scene told the Sun-News he heard 20 to 30 shots fired during the altercation, which he said was preceded by a car crash. Afterwards, the resident said he could hear a man screaming, apparently suffering from a gunshot wound. The resident asked not to be identified.

The 30-year-old male gunshot victim was taken to a Las Cruces hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the spokesperson said. Two other people were taken to the hospital after suffering injuries from the car crash.

The incident is still under investigation.

Justin Garcia covers crime, courts and public safety. He can be reached via email at JE [email protected]

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