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Man wounded in shooting incident on Cleveland Avenue

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The Artesia Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting incident Thursday evening that left one man wounded.

Officers were dispatched around 6:45 p.m. Thursday to the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue in reference to multiple reports of shots fired. According to Friday’s public record, five such reports were made between 6:46 and 6:49 p.m.

Once on scene, police discovered one male individual suffered injuries to three of his limbs. According to Cmdr. Lindell Smith, the man was transported to Artesia General Hospital, then to an out-of-state hospital. Smith said the wounds were listed as serious. The victim’s current condition is unknown.

After receiving information that a wanted individual was inside, police obtained a search warrant for a home in the area. The house was subsequently entered by the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team; the wanted individual, however, was not found inside.

Smith reports a female was taken into custody on an unrelated issue.

Smith says evidence was collected from the scene, and detectives are continuing to gather statements. Anyone with potential information regarding this crime and/or its perpetrators is urged to contact the APD at 746-5000 and ask to speak to a detective.

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