New Mexico governor condemns vigilantes who might have instigated violence at demonstration

By Joe Sutton and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Updated 12:11 PM ET, Tue June 16, 2020

(CNN) Vigilantes might have started the violence that led to a shooting in New Mexico during a demonstration on Monday authorities said, and the governor is vowing to hold the “instigators” fully accountable.

One man was hospitalized in critical condition and another man charged with aggravated battery, Albuquerque police said.

The shooting happened during a protest in the city’s Old Town calling for the removal of a sculpture of a Spanish conquistador, officials said.

“I am horrified and disgusted beyond words,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement on Twitter condemning the “heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a ‘civil guard.’ ”


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