New Mexico leaders say they are not intimidated by gunshots being fired at their homes and offices

A district commissioner who was among six Democratic leaders in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose homes or offices were sprayed with gunfire, said she will not let the attacks stop her from doing her job.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa’s home was the first to be targeted on Dec. 4 when eight shots were fired. The shooting continued intermittently until Thursday, when gunfire rang out outside newly appointed Senator Antonio “Moe” Maestas’ downtown law offices.

Nobody was injured. Albuquerque police arrested a suspect they did not publicly identify Monday; They didn’t say if they were looking for someone else or what the motive might have been.

“I can’t let that intimidate me into public service,” Barboa said Tuesday, adding that she believes the shootings were politically motivated. “The houses of the Democrats are under direct attack.”

Police officials did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Chief Harold Medina said at a news conference Monday that the suspect was being held on charges unrelated to the shootings and that investigators had seized a gun from one of the locations.

With few answers, the shooting confused and bewildered many state and county officials.

“They could have killed us,” said former County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, whose home was hit by 12 bullets Dec. 11 while she and her husband slept.

“We thought someone was going to bang on the door with their fist,” she continued. “Then we jumped out of bed. What if I walked around?”

Like Barboa, she said she refuses to live in fear or leave the community she has always known.

At least eight shots were fired at Senator Linda Lopez’s home on Jan. 3. Neither she nor newly-elected Attorney General Raúl Torrez, whose former campaign office was targeted on December 10, could be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Maestas said he didn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing.

“There doesn’t appear to be any political connection as if we voted on the same bill,” he said Tuesday, adding he was grateful that police patrolled his home and those of the other victims.

Police said Monday the home of new House Speaker Democratic Rep. Javier Martinez was also attacked in early December, but he did not report it until hearing about the other shootings. He declined to comment on Tuesday.

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