Police searching for ‘person of interest’ in shooting

Abel G. Vega

CNJ staff

Clovis police are looking for a “person of interest” in connection with a March 2 shooting that injured a Clovis man, according to a police press release issued Thursday.

Police believe Abel G. Vega, 29, was present at the time of the shooting in the parking lot of a motel in the 1600 block of Mabry Drive, the release said.

Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said police have checked previous addresses they had for Vega but have not been able to locate him.

Sanders said no arrests have been made in connection with the case.

Jerry Abeyta, 26, suffered gunshot wounds to his chest in the incident, police said. Abeyta was listed Saturday in critical but stable condition at a Lubbock hospital.

Sanders said Thursday he did not have an update on Abeyta’s condition.

According to the incident report:

• A witness told police she heard three to four shots and observed two vehicles parked side-by-side in the motel parking lot.

• There were five bullet holes in the driver’s side — one in the window and four in the body of the Mercury Cougar Abeyta was driving.

• Three other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, including a child.

Sanders said Vega was acquinted with the occupants of the vehicle that was shot at.

• Police located and searched the other vehicle reported in the incident. No weapons were located in the vehicle and the stereo appeared to be missing.

Sanders confirmed the dispute was over a stolen stereo system.

He would not comment on whether any firearms had been confiscated in connection with the case.