October 07, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/4-people-arrested-in-deadly-northern-new-mexico-shooting-a-result-of-mistaken-identity/5099441/?cat=500
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A situation of alleged self-defense gone wrong resulted in one man being fatally shot and three others sent to the hospital late Thursday night just north of Española, according to investigators with New Mexico State Police.
Four people have been arrested and are facing charges in the incident which NMSP says killed 18-year-old Cameron Martinez mere months after he graduated from an area high school.
NMSP says 22-year-old Mark Hice believed “there was a group of people looking for him and wanting to shoot him” on Thursday. As a result, he and some friends decided they would “shoot anyone whom Hice felt might be a threat to him,” arming themselves with semi-automatic handguns, according to police.
It’s unclear what exactly led Hice to believe he was being targeted.
Hice confessed to state police that he and others were traveling in multiple cars along NM State Road 68 Thursday night when he noticed a “blue vehicle approaching them at a high rate of speed” and thought it to be occupied by someone who would be a threat.
Instead, inside that blue car were Martinez and others police say aren’t believed to have had “any prior involvement” with the suspects, adding they were mistakenly targeted.
Hice, along with 19-year-old Anton Martinez and 17-year-old Axel Zamarron, opened fire on the car.
On Sunday morning, NMSP officers announced the arrests of Hice, Martinez and Zamarron on charges of murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy of tampering with evidence in a capital offense, and tampering with evidence.
21-year-old Brittany Garcia, who was driving the car occupied by Hice and Martinez, is also in custody on charges of conspiracy of tampering with evidence in a capital offense and tampering with evidence.
The three other victims hospitalized after the shooting are in stable condition as of Sunday morning.