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Red River, New Mexico Shooting: 3 Dead, 5 Injured
On May 27, 2023, a shooting occurred at the Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally in Red River, New Mexico. Three people were killed, and five others were injured. The shooting was reportedly between two outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Water Dogs.
The shooting began around 5 p.m. on Main Street in Red River. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and seeing people running and screaming. Police arrived on the scene and found two people dead and several others injured. The injured were taken to local hospitals, where one later died.
All eight individuals involved in the shooting were identified as members of outlaw motorcycle gangs. The three deceased individuals have been identified as Anthony Silva, 26, of Los Lunas, NM; Randy Sanchez, 46, of Albuquerque, NM; and Damian Breaux, 46, of Socorro, NM. Jacob David Castillo, 30, of Rio Rancho, NM, was charged with an Open Count of Murder. He was injured during the incident and is currently hospitalized. He will be booked into the Taos County Detention Center upon his release.
The shooting is still under investigation, but police believe it was the result of a dispute between the two motorcycle gangs. The Bandidos and the Water Dogs are known for their violent tendencies and have been involved in numerous shootings and other crimes.
The shooting has shaken the small town of Red River, which is known for its peaceful and family-friendly atmosphere. The rally is a popular event that draws thousands of people each year, and the shooting has cast a pall over the town.
In the wake of the shooting, the Taos County Sheriff's Office has increased patrols in Red River. The sheriff's office has also urged residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
The shooting is a reminder of the dangers of outlaw motorcycle gangs. These gangs are often involved in violence and crime, and they pose a threat to public safety. If you see any suspicious activity involving outlaw motorcycle gangs, please report it to the police.

Update: Jacob David Castillo Pleads Guilty
On January 24, 2024, Jacob David Castillo pleaded guilty to an open count of murder in connection with the Red River shooting. Castillo was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Update: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Crackdown
In the wake of the Red River shooting, law enforcement agencies across the country have cracked down on outlaw motorcycle gangs. In New Mexico, the Taos County Sheriff's Office has increased patrols in Red River and other areas where outlaw motorcycle gangs are known to operate. The sheriff's office has also worked with other law enforcement agencies to share intelligence and coordinate enforcement efforts.
The crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs has had a significant impact. In the past year, law enforcement agencies have arrested hundreds of outlaw motorcycle gang members on various charges, including drug trafficking, weapons violations, and violence. The crackdown has also led to the seizure of millions of dollars in assets belonging to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
The crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs is a major victory for law enforcement. It has made our communities safer and sent a message to these gangs that they will not be tolerated.


Sources:​

  1. www.dps.nm.gov/blog/2023/05/28/shooting-involving-outlaw-motorcycle-gangs-omg-in-red-river/
 
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