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Victim, suspect identified in Sports Page shooting

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The suspect and victim’s names in the Sports Page Lounge shooting that occurred May 6 have been released.

Elon Cooley, 21, was shot and killed outside the bar at 1400 S. Second St.  in the early hours of May 6. The man who reportedly shot him, Isaaiah Palacios, 22, was recently discharged from an Albuquerque hospital and released into police custody.

Around 1:45 am on May 6, Metro Dispatch received a call after shots were reportedly fired at Sports Page Lounge.

When Gallup Police officers arrived at the scene, they found security guards performing CPR on Cooley in the bar’s parking lot.

Cooley had reportedly told the security guards that he had gotten into a fight with Palacios in the bar. He asked the security guards to escort him to his car.

As they were escorting Cooley to his car, Palacios ran up to them and reportedly shot at Cooley multiple times, with the security guards firing back at him.

After the altercation, Palacios was transported to an Albuquerque hospital. GPD obtained a warrant for his arrest, and when he was released from the hospital May 16, University of New Mexico police officers arrested him. He was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center that same day.

Palocios is facing charges of murder in the first degree, criminal damage to property (over $1,000), and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His second detention hearing was scheduled for May 31.

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