Los Lunas couple shot during home invasion

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An elderly couple is recovering at two different Albuquerque hospitals after police say two men shot them while committing a home invasion in Los Lunas.

Photo courtesy of Los Lunas Police Department: Los Lunas police are searching for this man, Mark Shrader, who was seen before a Los Lunas couple were shot.

Police were called to 236 Schmidt Place just after 9:30 a.m. Monday by a 911 caller who told dispatchers that two victims were shot during a robbery. The caller said one of the suspects left the area in the victims’ own vehicle.

Los Lunas Police Detective Sgt. Denise Romero said the two unknown men somehow were able to get into the home during “what appears to be a home invasion. We’re unclear right now how they were able to enter the home.”

The couple, who haven’t been identified, are in their 60s, Romero said. The detective said both were shot in their lower extremities, with the woman shot once. It’s unknown how many times the male victim was shot.

One of the victims was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital, while the other was taken to Presbyterian Hospital. Romero said both victims sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.

Los Lunas Police Sgt. Frank Lucero said Tuesday that the couple is recovering well.

The initial investigation revealed that two men entered the home, shot the homeowners and left, one in the victims’ vehicle, a 2010 Orange Jeep Patriot, which was discovered abandoned at about noon Monday at Blake’s in Los Lunas. The vehicle was sealed and towed where investigators will process it for any viable evidence related to this incident.

“We don’t know what they took from the house, but they ransacked the home,” Romero said. “After the suspects left, the neighbors heard the woman yelling to call the police. When they went to check on her, that’s when they found (the couple).”

The female victim told police that two men, neither of whom she recognized, broke into the house. The suspects are described as an Hispanic, 5-foot 6-inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a white muscle shirt. Romero said the woman told police that he had a tattoo on his chest but couldn’t make out what it was.

The second suspect is described to be Caucasian, about 6-feet 3-inches tall, having a medium build, with medium-length brown hair that was pulled back.

Earlier that morning, Los Lunas Police Officer Heather Killingsworth encountered a suspicious man on the next block, sleeping in a white pickup truck. The man told Killingsworth that his vehicle was overheating and he was waiting for it to cool down.

While it’s not known if the man, identified as Mark Hamilton Shrader, was involved in the crime on Schmidt Place, Romero said, officers would like to talk with him.

“He’s more of a person of interest right now because he was in the area,” Romero said.

Police are asking the public to call them if they see the 2002 single-cab white Dodge Ram pickup truck, bearing New Mexico license plate 666-RAW, that Shrader was driving. The truck has a toolbox in the bed and a magnetic-type decal with a red Zia symbol on the driver’s side door.

According to a picture of Shrader from Killingsworth lapel camera, the driver’s license he showed her was from the state of Colorado. He is also seen wearing an orange-colored shirt.

Romero suggested that residents know who they’re opening their door for, and to not trust anyone that they don’t recognize.

“If they’re in doubt, call the police and we’ll check for them,” Romero said.

Anyone with information about this case, or the whereabouts of Mark Shrader, is asked to call the Los Lunas Police Department at 839-3855, or send a tip through text message to “274637″ (Crimes) with keyword “LLPD” at the beginning of the text message. Tips can also be submitted at www.loslunasnm.gov/reportcrime.


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