Published: 3:00 pm, Tue. Aug. 11th, 2015
ROSWELL — A Roswell man was arrested Monday in connection with a shooting incident late Sunday night outside the Allsup’s store at the corner of West Second Street and Lea Avenue.
Based on police investigation, including witness statements, a male subject, later identified as David Clements, 27, of Roswell, allegedly shot once at the victim, a 50-year-old Roswell man, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday while the victim was standing outside the front doors of the Allsup’s. The victim and a female friend had parked to the west of the store and were walking to the front entrance when Clements drove his pickup into the parking lot and stopped by the front doors.
The victim walked toward the pickup after recognizing Clements. The two men had reportedly had previous altercations, usually sparked in some way by their previous or current relationships with different women. Clements told police the victim had previously threatened him and he felt threatened when the victim approached him during Sunday night’s encounter.
The victim told police Clements, while remaining in the pickup, produced a “shotgun-type” weapon and fired at him.
Multiple witnesses reported hearing a sound like a gunshot.
One of the two women in Clements’ pickup also heard the shot, but both women told police they could not describe anything that occurred because they were not paying attention. Clements refused to talk to investigators in reference to a gun. No gun has been located at this point in the investigation.
The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to his left leg.
He was treated by emergency personnel at the scene, then taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where he was further treated and released.
Police quickly located and detained Clements shortly after the shooting. A Roswell Police Department officer stopped Clements’ vehicle – occupied by Clements, his girlfriend, and his girlfriend’s mother – at the intersection of Alameda Street and Union Avenue, about nine blocks away from the Allsup’s.
The vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup with a lawnmower in the bed, had been described to police by the shooting victim and other witnesses in the Allsup’s parking lot.
Clements was still being detained by police Monday morning when an arrest warrant was issued by a judge following the RPD investigation. Clements was arrested on a charge of shooting at or from a motor vehicle. He was booked into the Chaves County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.