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Albuquerque man accused of fatally shooting panhandler

September 20, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say an 18-year-old man shot and killed a panhandler in an unprovoked attack.

Authorities say Isaiah Luna was booked into Metro Detention Center on suspicion of murder several hours after the Sunday morning shooting.

According to police, Luna and his mother returned to the intersection where the killing happened. His mother then informed investigators her son was behind the shooting and the gun used was in his car.

During questioning, Luna said he was acting in self-defense. He said the male transient had punched him in the face.

Police say surveillance video of their interaction before shooting showed the victim at no time hit Luna or try enter his car.

It was not immediately known Monday if Luna had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.