Shooting at motorcycle rally on New Mexico’s Red River leaves 3 dead, 5 injured

RED RIVER, NM (AP) — Three people were killed and five were injured in a shootout at an annual motorcycle rally in a New Mexico town late Saturday afternoon.

Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun said in a video posted to Facebook that the shooting around 5 p.m. left three people dead and five victims taken to hospitals in Denver, Albuquerque and nearby Taos.

The 41st annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally drew about 20,000 bikers to the city, Calhoun said.

The violence occurred between two retail stores and involved members of motorcycle gangs, Calhoun said.

“The shooters were all apprehended,” she said. “There is no threat to the community.”

New Mexico State Police previously said in a Twitter post that two people were killed and six injured in the shooting.

Most of Main Street in Red River, where the shooting took place, was closed to the public for the investigation and law enforcement asked businesses in the area to remain closed on Sunday, Calhoun said in a statement.

“Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our local community,” Calhoun said. “We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we go through this very difficult time together.”

Some of the victims were being treated at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, about 58 kilometers southeast of Red River. The Taos Police Department and Taos County Sheriff’s Office secured the hospital, state police said on Twitter.

One victim was airlifted to a hospital in Denver, state police said.

The victims were also taken to the University of New Mexico hospital, which was secured by the Albuquerque Police Department, KRQE reported.

Taos Mayor Pascual Maestas issued an emergency proclamation placing the town under a curfew from 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday with an immediate ban on the sale of alcohol.

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