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Police offer reward to solve 1990 bowling alley shooting

February 8, 2020 GMT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A $30,000 reward has been offered for information about a shooting at a Las Cruces bowling alley in 1990 where five people were fatally shot and two others survived wounds, police said.

Monday marks 30 years since police were dispatched to the bowling alley where investigators believe two men walked in, opened fire and stole about $5,000 in cash, authorities said.

Four people died that day, aged 2 to 26, and a fifth person died from complications years later, police said.

The shooters were never located, but police said they hope to still solve the case.

“I’m a firm believer in forensics. I think something we have, something that was collected back in 1990 will allow us to tell the story of what happened,” Detective Amador Martinez said.

Anthony Teran lost his brother Steven, 26, and two nieces Paula, 6, and Valerie, 2, in the shooting.

“They knew kind of what the layout of the bowling alley was,” he said. They had to have cased it, meaning they had to have been there. They had to be given the information. There’s someone in this city or this area that knows more than what they’re saying.”

Police believe the two men are Hispanic, and spoke fluent English.

A movie about the shooting is being re-released with additional scenes on Monday in Las Cruces to mark the anniversary, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

“A Nightmare in Las Cruces,” originally released in 2011, is scheduled to screen 7 p.m. at Cineport 10 inside Mesilla Valley Mall.