Taos police respond to shooting on Gusdorf Place

Man rushed to hospital with gunshot wound to the head


Updated Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m.

An unidentified male suspect reportedly shot a man in the head at a home on Gusdorf Place in Taos Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 6).

Mary Chavez, who works as the business manager for The Taos News, identified the victim as her brother, Randy Martinez.

Martinez, who is in his 50s, was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where Chavez said medics were able to stabilize him.

Taos County Emergency Services Chief Chris Medina said Martinez remains in critical condition and will be flown to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for further treatment.

Chavez learned that the still unidentified shooter had knocked on Martinez's front door early Wednesday afternoon. When Martinez moved the curtain away from a window on the front door, she said, the man fired through the glass, striking her brother in the forehead.

Police have also confirmed they found a single bullet hole in the door's window.

Chavez said police were able to obtain a description of a suspicious vehicle that had been in the area around the time of the shooting, but she did not have information regarding what the vehicle looked like. Police have also not yet released any information about the vehicle or any suspects who may have been involved in the shooting.

The incident prompted precautionary lockdowns at Taos High School and Taos Middle School, according to the high school's principal, Robbie Trujillo.

Police blocked the crime scene with caution tape as they continue their investigation.

Town police and New Mexico State Police investigators were still at the scene late into the night on Wednesday, looking into what happened.

This is a developing story.


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