By Darrell Todd Maurina
Clovis police have released the name of the man shot early Sunday morning at the Prince Lounge, but say they have no suspects in custody.
Detective Keith Farkas said witnesses told police that Ricardo Urquizo, 21, of Clovis, was shot once in the abdomen by a bullet fired from a red Dodge Neon that sped out of the Prince Lounge parking lot about 1:40 a.m. Sunday. Police put out a be-on-the-lookout order for the car but haven’t found it, Farkas said.
Urquizo was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and airlifted to an undisclosed hospital in Lubbock, according to PRMC staff.
Police Chief Bill Carey said Urquizo is alive but officers haven’t been able to speak with him yet. Carey and Farkas both said they have no reason to believe drugs or gangs were involved in the shooting, contrary to earlier statements by a witness.
“As far as I know the victim is in the hospital but I don’t know if he is critical or what at this point,” Carey said. “I don’t think we have a motive yet.”
Farkas said the investigation has been hampered by the victim’s medical condition.
“I haven’t been able to talk to the victim yet; we’re kind of at a standstill until we talk with him,” Farkas said. “The last thing I heard was he was stable but unconscious as of this (Monday) morning.”
Farkas said police recovered one bullet and seven bullet casings from the scene; according to the police report, the Dodge Neon left the parking lot with its occupant still shooting. Some witnesses reported Urquizo was last seen arguing with a subject in a white-colored vehicle immediately before the shooting.
Solving the case will likely require help from the public, Farkas said.
“Any information people have, either call the police department or crime stoppers,” Farkas said. “There are more citizens than cops, so if anyone heard anything, let us know.”
Farkas said witnesses to a shooting need to watch carefully while staying back.
“People need to protect themselves,” Farkas said. “To help us, if there is a shooting, don’t get involved — I’d rather have a live witness than a dead victim. Just look and see as much as you can.”
The Clovis Police Department can be reached at 769-1921 and Curry County Crime Stoppers can be reached at 763-7000.