Far-Right Militia Shoots Man At Albuquerque Protest

The Washington Post reports:

Protesters in Albuquerque wrapped a chain around the neck of a bronze statue and began tugging, chanting “Tear it down,” shortly before sunset on Monday. Their efforts to pull down a monument of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate suddenly stopped as four shots rang out.

Most people instinctively turned toward the noise, videos from the scene show. A few screamed. Just yards away, a group of militia men sporting militarylike garb and carrying semiautomatic rifles formed a protective circle around the gunman.

The gunshots, which left one man in critical but stable condition, have set off a cascade of public outcry denouncing the unregulated militia’s presence and the shooting.

Albuquerque’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Police say they arrested Stephen Ray Baca, 31, in connection to the shooting. He has been charged with aggravated battery. The injured man was transported to the hospital for treatment. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Moments before protesters were about to remove the statue with a chain, a struggle broke out among the crowd. Video footage shows the protesters directing their attention toward a man brandishing a gun.

“Get his license plate,” screamed one protester in the video. “Follow him.” A group of protesters pulled the subject to the ground. After a few seconds of struggle, the subject shot his gun four times