ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -- Steven Ray Baca, 31, has been arrested in connection to a shooting of a protester near Old Town on Monday, June 15, according to Albuquerque Police.
Baca was booked into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of aggravated battery. APD reports the shooting is an active investigation.
Albuquerque Police identified Baca in a video posted to Facebook that shows protesters trying to tear down the statue of conquistador Juan de Oñate on the corner of Mountain and 19th Street.
According to a criminal complaint, the alleged shooter was pursued by other protesters before the shooting. Police report the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 15 when the demonstration started to escalate and protesters began to attempt to remove the statue.
The documents state that cellphone footage that was captured by a bystander showed a male individual in a blue shirt, later identified as Steven Baca, appearing to protect the statue.
A male reportedly grabbed a skateboard and swung it toward Baca’s head. Then gunshots are heard. The complaint describes Baca as being recorded holding a black semi-automatic handgun and firing several shots. The male dressed in black allegedly struck Baca with the longboard, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.
Baca has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firearm enhancement. Baca ran for city council on a small government platform last year in District 2, where he lost to Councilor Ike Benton.