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2 teen girls faces charges stemming from New Mexico shooting

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ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — State police have arrested two more suspects — both teenage girls — in connection with a fatal shooting that mistakenly targeted a vehicle traveling along a busy New Mexico corridor, authorities said Wednesday.

The arrests of the 16- and 17-year-old girls late Tuesday come in addition to four other arrests earlier this week of people that police say are linked to the shooting that killed 18-year-old Cameron Martinez along State Route 68, just north of Espanola. The town, where Martinez recently graduated high school, is situated near the halfway mark between Santa Fe and Taos.

He and three others were found inside a car near the Ohkay Hotel Casino on the night of Oct. 4, all suffering from gunshot wounds, authorities said. The three other victims, who include a male and two females, are expected to survive their injuries.

The group had been traveling north when they were struck by gunfire, police said. One of the shooting suspects, 22-year-old Mark Hice, later told officers that he had feared the car with Martinez inside of it might be carrying people "who were out to get him," but he was mistaken, according to state police.

Hours before Martinez was shot, Hice had opened fire on a black SUV that he said had been chasing him, state police said. No injuries were reported in that shooting.


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