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Police arrest 29-year-old man in October road-rage shooting

November 25, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have made an arrest in connection with an October shooting during an alleged road-rage incident in Old Town.

Police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Butler on Wednesday. They say witnesses saw a road-rage incident involving a minivan and Chevy pickup. They say the minivan stopped in the road, the driver got out and threw a piece of drywall that hit the pickup’s driver’s side door. Witnesses then heard a gunshot and the man fell to the ground.

Nelson Gallegos was pronounced dead at the scene. KRQE reports he was shot in front of his grandson.

The criminal complaint says detectives received a tip that Butler was driving the pickup. Authorities say they found four guns in his home and a white substance resembling sheetrock residue on a driver’s side tire.

The criminal complaint says Butler told detectives he wasn’t driving in the area that day. He declined to comment to KRQE as he was walked into the Albuquerque police station. It was not clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.