No leads yet in homicide, deputies say

Darrell Todd Maurina

Clovis law officers said Monday they have made no arrests in recent shootings that left one man dead and another in a Lubbock hospital.
Richard Ochoa, 30, of Clovis was the latest shooting victim. He was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Prince and Seventh Street. Ochoa’s medical condition was unclear; hospital personnel said they are not allowed to release information on crime victims.
Officials said they have a suspect’s name, but no physical description.
Curry County officials said Monday they are still asking for the public’s help in trying to find out who shot and killed Clovis businessman J.C. Tucker on Thursday night.
“We’re just trying to get all the information we can, and we’re talking to as many people as we can,” said Undersheriff Doug Bowman. “We’ve just got no suspect information, we wish we did.”
Bowman said Tucker’s body has been sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy and he hopes more information will be available in about a month when the department receives the autopsy results. However, Bowman said the most helpful information would be from people who may have gone by the business, Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self Storage west of Clovis.
Sheriff’s officials said they haven’t been able to pinpoint a time of death.
“If there is anybody who had any kind of contact with Mr. Tucker that day, afternoon, or evening, or saw anything unusual, this is where we’re going to have to start,” Bowman said.
Officials said they didn’t have enough information to know if Ochoa’s shooting was related to other recent crimes.
According to Clovis police reports, officers noticed a large crowd of people running when they saw a man, later determined to be Ochoa, collapse at the 600 block of Ross Street. Several men and women rushed to the scene and assisted a Clovis police officer by applying direct pressure to gunshot wounds on Ochoa’s upper right chest and back.
Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department said he had no information on Ochoa’s medical condition and the department doesn’t yet know what happened.
“The only thing I can tell you is the officers responded and the guy Ochoa was shot once,” Blair said.