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Man shot at Champion Ford

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A man was shot at the Champion Ford car dealership.

On July 17, at 6:59 pm, Gallup Police Officers were called to Champion Ford, 701 W Coal Avenue, Champion Ford, because a man had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a Native American man laying in the parking lot. They saw that the man had a...

Shooting on Rim Rock Drive

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On July 17, at 1:45 am, Gallup Police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Rim Rock Drive because a man had reportedly been shot.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered a male laying in the parking lot of the Red Hills Trailer park office. Officers saw that the male had a gunshot wound to his upper body.  Medical personnel arrived on scene where the male was transported to the local hospital, where he eventually died due to his injuries.

GPD Detectives are seeking information and witnesses.  No suspect(s) have been positively identified.  If you have any information, call Metro Dispatch at (505)722-2002 or the McKinley County Crime Stoppers at (877) 722-6161.  Reference...

Ready to get Wild

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Signature Gallup summer event kicks off


The start of July means summer is in full bloom and crowds become hungry for events where they can gather and have a good time. For residents of Gallup and the Four Corners region, there is one event that is high on that list: WildThing Championship Bullriding.

Each year, crowds gather in Red Rock Park to watch the number one open bull riding in the southwest, where some of the top bull riders in the country and beyond match up against some of the best bucking bulls in the country, as WildThing Coordinator Larry Peterson told the Sun.

“We have a lot of really good riders coming to Red Rock Park, some of the top Navajo riders...

Eye level at the Freedom Festival

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Street-level entertainment will take center stage

Visitors to this year’s Freedom Festival may have their heads in the clouds, but the event will have its feet and wheels firmly on the ground.

The event, which is  usually known as the Ride, Flight & Cruise weekend, won’t include hot air balloons taking flight this year due to communication and scheduling issues. But despite the challenges of jump-starting a post-lockdown event, festival planners will not be deflated.

The balloons are expected to be back next year, and this year’s party will be all about the cars and motorcycles. And of course, the bands, kinetic performers and beer garden. The full schedule of July 30 events...

GPD still investigating May 10 shooting

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Victim’s sister looking for answers

It’s been almost two months since Octavia Johnson’s brother Byron Begay was killed, but she’s not giving up on trying to bring his killer to justice.

On May 10, Begay, 32, from Churchrock, was shot outside of the Cliffside Apartments, 602 Dani Dr. When the Gallup Police arrived at the scene, they found Begay with two gunshots to his torso area.

In an interview with the Sun on June 22, Johnson described her brother as someone who was always willing to help others.

“If somebody was needing food or needing something, he would always say ‘oh if you guys need a place to stay you can stay in my room’ or if he knew that somebody was...

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