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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a man dead Tuesday night.

Farmington police officers were dispatched around 6:48 p.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of North Monterey Avenue on reports of a possible shooting, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.

Residents were administering CPR to 31-year-old Farmington resident Nathaniel Tracy when officers arrived on scene.

He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was later pronounced dead.

Amber Gardner, who lives on the 300 block of North Monterey Avenue, said her and her boyfriend both heard one gunshot Tuesday evening and exited their residence about 30 seconds after hearing the shot.

Farmington Police Department spokesperson Georgette Allen said police are not releasing more information on the case, including the number of shots fired and if investigators have spoken to a person or people of interest.

Gardner stated they heard a man screaming and, as her boyfriend started to approach Tracy, he collapsed on the ground. Gardner was told to call 911.

"We didn't see anybody else," Gardner said. "We didn't see any cars leaving (the area) or anyone running."

Gardner said her boyfriend and a neighbor, who is a nurse, administered CPR for what felt like 15 minutes until officers arrived on scene. She said it took another five minutes for EMS to reach the scene.

There has been an increase of suspicious activity on the 300 block of North Monterey Avenue in recent months, and that has become a concern for families living on the block, according to Gardner.

A residence on the block gets a lot of traffic. During one recent incident a man was banging "hard" on the front door of the residence for about 10 to 15 minutes before he was taken away by officers, Gardner said.

Gardner hopes the shooting raises awareness about safety concerns residents who live on the block have about the area.

Crime scene investigators, detectives and members of the gang unit are currently handling the investigation.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has taken possession of Tracy's body and will investigate the cause of death, Allen said.

Those who have any information regarding the incident are asked to call the Farmington Police detective tip line at 505-599-1068, or non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at



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