LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy at a friend’s birthday party in the Dona Ana County community of Rodey.
Investigators say 27-year-old Efren Rey of Salem is suspected of killing the teen and had fled the scene of the shooting on Saturday night.
The Dona Ana Sheriff’s Office says Rey showed up uninvited at a birthday party for the teen’s 16-year-old friend and had had problems in the past with several people who were at the celebration.
Rey is accusing of getting into arguments with several people at the party and eventually fired a shot at the teen’s head.
The teen’s name hasn’t been released.
Authorities say the teen died on the way to the hospital and that Rey fled the scene.