21-year-old LL man killed in early-morning drive-by

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Los Lunas police are investigating the village’s latest homicide of a man was killed while riding in the passenger seat of his friend’s vehicle early Sunday morning.

Los Lunas police Sgt. Frank Lucero said officers were called to Los Lentes Road and Aspen, right in front of the First Baptist Church, at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday about a shooting. When they arrived, officers discovered 21-year-old Charles Davlin, a village resident, with a gunshot wound. Even though the officers rendered aide, they were not able to save him, Lucero said. Davlin was pronounced dead on scene.

Charlie Davlin Shot and killed

The circumstances around the alleged homicide began earlier at fuel pumps at the Los Lunas Allsups on N.M. 314. Lucero said Davlin’s friends told officers they were at the convenience store when they became involved in an altercation with two Hispanic men and two women, all between the ages of 18-25.

“Right now, we don’t know what the altercation was about,” Lucero said. “As far as we know, (the victims) didn’t know (the suspects).”

After the altercation, Lucero said the victims, who included Davlin, another man and woman, left Allsups in a yellow-colored Jeep on their way to a party. The trio headed south on N.M. 314 when they noticed that they were being followed by the suspects who were in what is being described as a tan or sand-colored 1990′s Ford or Chevy SUV.

The sergeant said after noticing they were being followed, they didn’t want to lead them to the party, so they turned onto Morris Road and then north on Los Lentes.

“They continued driving and made a U-turn on Aspen and then went south on Carson,” Lucero said. “That’s when they heard the rear window shatter and heard with they thought were gunshots.”

The male driver drove to Los Lentes Road, pulling over at the church.

“It took a few moments to realize that Mr. Davlin, who was in the passenger seat, had been struck,” Lucero said.

The sergeant said investigators don’t know if the incident is drug or gang related, but they are conducting witness interviews.

“We are working hard to contact Allsups’ corporate office to get the surveillance video,” Sgt. Lucero said. “We’re hoping they will offer, in terms of evidence, figuring out the identity of the suspects.”

Lucero said while investigators still are not sure of the motive or what exactly the altercation was about, he said he believes Davlin was “just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

One of the male suspects was also described to possibly have an existing injury to his right eye.

The Los Lunas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating these individuals. They should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Lunas Police Department at 839-3855, 865-9130 or Detective Johnny Cappelli at 459-6755.

You can also send anonymous text and web tips to the Los Lunas Police Department by sending a text message to phone number “274637″ (CRIMES) with keyword “LLPD” at the beginning of their text message. Persons can also submit web-tips by going to www.loslunasnm.gov/reportcrime.


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