PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to shooting at Brookside Park, suspect arrested

Farmington, NM – At approximately 7:39 p.m. Farmington police were dispatched to Brookside Park in reference to a shooting. Witnesses were able to provide detailed descriptions of the vehicles, which led officers to the individuals involved. Through investigation, detectives learned that a 20-year-old male was at the park with his girlfriend and their one-year-old son. They were sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot east of the pool when a male individual came up and punched the driver in the face. At that time, a group of people surrounded their vehicle. The man stepped out of his vehicle holding a shotgun in an attempt to scare off the crowd of people. An Escalade, that had driven into the parking lot during the altercation, left and headed west on 17th Street. The passenger of the Escalade, later identified as 21-year-old Marqus Garcia of Farmington, fired one shot toward the male holding the shotgun with an SKS semi-automatic rifle. The male with the shotgun then fired two shots in the air. Officers located Garcia at a residence on West 24th Street. He was taken into custody without incident. Detectives later obtained a search warrant for the residence, where they located the suspect’s weapon. An arrest warrant was issued for Garcia on the charges of felon in possession of a firearm, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked in the San Juan County Detention Center and is being held on a $40,000 cash only bond.