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Rampage victims include 3 relatives of suspect

Rampage victims include 3 relatives of suspect”

A 21-year-old northern New Mexico man has been charged with five counts of murder after police say he was involved in a killing spree that resulted in the death of his mom, step-dad and brother.

Also shot was the man's mother, Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but taken off life support and died on Friday.

After Damian Herrera, 21, gunned down his mother, stepfather and brother, police say, he carjacked and killed a driver before chaos erupted hours later at a general store in a tiny town that artist Georgia O'Keeffe called home for most of her life.

District Attorney Marco Serna said his office will charge Herrera with five counts of open murder.

Authorities learned that Herrera had allegedly gotten into a dispute with his family members shortly before the shooting and fled the scene.

A man accused of killing his stepfather, brother and two strangers in a shooting rampage spanning almost 200 miles across New Mexico had made troubling statements to family members about his intentions to kill or hurt people for fun, court documents said Friday.

Herrera got out of the crashed pickup, ran toward deputies and was arrested after a scuffle and use of a stun gun, the State Police said.

Herrera's sister and others were at the family's home in a rural community in northern New Mexico on Thursday when they say they heard gunshots ring out.

Witnesses told police that Herrera shot his stepfather first while the two were outside.

After the killings, police say Damian Herrera headed north to the community of Tres Piedras, where he is accused of killing Michael Kyte, 61, and stealing the man's truck. The suspect had no criminal record, only traffic citations in 2015 and one earlier this year, according to court records.

He was speeding through a curve when the truck veered into oncoming traffic, overcorrected and crashed into a tree, police said.

Herrera has been charged with five open counts of murder, tampering with evidence and stealing a auto. He tried to grab one of their guns and it fired, authorities said.

However, an Espanola Police Department officer injured his elbow during the scuffle, the State Police said.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A man accused of killing three family members and two other people in a shooting rampage that crossed two New Mexico counties is in custody following a pursuit and crash, authorities said.

The son's eventual arrest came after sheriff's deputies spotted Herrera driving Kyte's stolen pickup and began chasing him southbound on U.S. 84.

The final victim was Manuel Serrano, 59, of Youngsville, who was shot and killed at a general store in Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County, authorities said.

There were no victims' names, possible motives or possible connections immediately available, Armijo said at around 10 p.m.



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