Taos shooting victim in recovery

Police continue search for shooter

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 2/15/19

A Taos man is on the road to recovery as police continue their search for the still unidentified assailant who shot him in the head at his home on Gusdorf Place last week.

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Taos shooting victim in recovery

Police continue search for shooter

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A Taos man is on the road to recovery as police continue their search for the still unidentified assailant who shot him in the head at his home on Gusdorf Place last week.

On Wednesday (Feb. 13), a week after her brother, Randy Martinez, 56, was shot through the forehead at his residence in Taos, Mary Chavez said Martinez is now speaking and walking again.

“It’s amazing,” she said.

Chavez and her family feared Martinez would not survive the traumatic injury. Still, they know that the wound will have a lasting impact on their brother’s health for the rest of his life.

The shooting itself has also had an impact on the small, low-income cul-de-sac where Martinez lives.

Investigators told Chavez her brother was home around 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 when the shooter knocked on his front door. When Martinez moved a curtain covering a window at the door, Chavez was told, the shooter fired through the glass, striking her brother in the forehead.

Medics rushed Martinez to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos before transferring him by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Law enforcement arrived at the scene on Wednesday within minutes of when the shooting was reported, but the gunman had already fled the area.

Police were able to obtain a description of a suspicious vehicle that had been in the neighborhood during the shooting. Police reports indicate a gray Jeep Cherokee was one of the vehicles law enforcement was looking for at one point. Officers stopped some vehicles in the area that approximated the description, but the suspect wasn’t located, according to police.

On Wednesday afternoon, police officers unrolled crime scene tape around Martinez’s residence and pulled on rubber gloves to inspect the area in and around the home.

Investigators with the New Mexico State Police Criminal Investigation Team joined them later in the day to help process the crime scene. The flashing red and blue lights from a mobile crime lab vehicle parked outside Martinez’s home lit up the neighborhood until around midnight Wednesday night.

Since then, the investigation has gone quiet, but Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said his team is continuing to work leads in the case.

“Possible suspects and names of suspects are being considered,” Trujillo said, “It’s a process of elimination.”

A park in the center of the cul-de-sac where children are frequently seen playing has been all but empty in the week after the shooting.

“There’s still someone out there that’s dangerous,” Chavez said last week.

Her family is grateful Martinez survived, but they’re also anxious for a break in the case.

This week, another relative of the family called to say they are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Tips can also be submitted by calling Taos Police Department or Taos County Crime Stoppers at (575) 758-4258.

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