Shooting suspect holds 18 people hostage, including 3-year-old child

Shooting suspect holds 18 people hostage, including 3-year-old child


REPORTER: A POPULAR TOURIST SPOT ALONG THE HIGHWAY NEAR ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO TURNED INTO A HOSTAGE CRISIS. 18 PEOPLE HELD INSIDE MCGINN’S PISTACHIO RANCH, INCLUDNG A THREE-YEAR-OLD CHILD. THE MAN POLICE SAY WAS BEHIND IT ALL, KALEB SCROGGINS. POLICE SAY HE SHOT A MAN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND WAS ON THE RUN.>>THEY CAME ACROSS THE INDIVIDUAL WHILE LOOSE. HE SPOTTED THEM AT THE SAME TIME AND THEY LED HIM ON A HEIST HE PURSUED. — ON A HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT. REPORTER: OTERO COUNTY SHERIFF BENNY HOUSE SAYS THE SUSPECT CAUSED THIS CRASH. HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND STARTED SHOOTING AT OFFICERS BEFORE RUNNING INTO MCGINN’S PISTACHIO LAND. A POLICE REPORT SAYS THE MANAGERS SAW THE MAN RUNNING TOWARD THE STORE WITH A GUN, SO HE LOCKED THE DOORS, BUT THE SUSPECT SHOT THROUGH THE GLASS. LAS CRUCES P.D. AND STATE POLICE SWAT OFFICERS WERE CALLED IN FOR HELP.>>THE DECISION WAS MADE FOR OUR TACTICAL TEAM TO MAKE ENTRY, WHICH THEY DID SAFELY. THEY REMOVED THOSE PEOPLE, GOT THEM TO A HOSPITAL AND EVERYBODY IS OK. REPORTER: NORMALLY THE POPULAR TOURIST LOCATION IS FILLED WITH CUSTOMERS. TODAY IT IS SHUT DOWN FOR BUSINESS. THE STORE OWNER TELLS ME SIX OF HIS EMPLOYEES WERE INSIDE YESTERDAY, THE REST WERE CUSTOMERS.>>THEY CAME OUT OF THE SITUATION UNHARMED. I THINK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD RECOVER.

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