McKinley County Gun Violence

  • On April 25, 2019, in Gallup, New Mexico, Gary Crakow, age 70, and Virginia Leichliter, age 70, were shot and killed. Their car was being repossessed when Virginia Leichliter came out of a Walmart. She grabbed a handgun out of the car and proceeded to shoot Crakow and before killing herself. Source: Gallup Sun
  • On December 8, 2018, in Gallup, New Mexico, Shayanne Nelson, 18 years old, and Tyrell Bitsilly, 21 years old, were charged with child abuse. They were in the shower in a hotel when their three-year-old found a gun and accidentally fired it, shooting an 8-month-old girl in the face. Nelson claims she was unaware that there was a gun in the room. Source: Newsweek
  • On April 7, 2017, in Gallup, New Mexico, a New Mexico State Police officer was involved in a shooting. The shooting occurred during a traffic stop along Interstate 40. A suspect was shot and injured. State police say the officer was not injured. No names have been released regarding the incident. Source: Navajo Times
  • On March 12, 2017, a Navajo Nation Police department officer was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in rural McKinley County. Officer Houston Largo, age 27, was a decorated officer with five years of service. A suspect is in custody, but his name has not yet been released. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On July 24, 2016, in Gallup, New Mexico, Alvin Sylversmythe, age 29, was killed in an officer-involved shooting. No details were released. Source: National Gun Archive
  • On February 22, 2014, in Gallup, New Mexico, a father was shot and killed while eating lunch with his family at the local McDonald’s after getting into an altercation with a man with a firearm in the parking lot. As he lay dying in the restaurant, his young daughter hugged him and, crying, said, “Daddy, I love you—please don’t go.” Source: KOAT 7 News
  • On March 13, 2012, the City of Gallup, New Mexico was riddled with gun violence that ended with 2 dead and 3 injured. The first shooting was at the Pinon Hills Apartment complex where a 39-year-old father and his son were shot and killed. 45 minutes later, the hospital was put on lockdown when a man with a gun and a gunshot wound to his chest entered the emergency room. About an hour later a man was shot in the face with a BB gun at a Shell gas station.
  • On April 17, 2011, in Gallup, New Mexico, 20-year-old Dusty Rye and 20-year-old Alec Armijo were shot and killed in the McGaffey Wilderness area. Source: The Tri-City Tribune

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