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EXCLUSIVE: Video shows the moment former Albuquerque city council candidate whipped out gun and fired four shots at man who attacked him with a skateboard at protest against conquistador statue (17 Pics)

This is the shocking moment a protester was shot and left in critical condition during violent clashes between armed militia and demonstrators trying to tear down a conquistador statue in New Mexico.
In video footage obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca is seen allegedly firing four shots at demonstrator Scott Williams during a wild brawl on Monday night.
Police officers in Albuquerque arrested Baca, 31, shortly after the incident and charged him with shooting Williams.
Williams had been seeking the removal of the 'La Jornada' sculpture, which depicts a 16th-century Spanish colonial governor notorious for massacring natives, when the brawl erupted.
Baca was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a criminal complaint


This is the shocking moment a protester was shot and left in critical condition during violent clashes between armed militia and demonstrators trying to tear down a conquistador statue in New Mexico
This is the shocking moment a protester was shot and left in critical condition during violent clashes between armed militia and demonstrators trying to tear down a conquistador statue in New Mexico 
In video footage obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca is seen allegedly firing four shots at demonstrator Scott Williams during a wild brawl Monday night. The skateboard smashed into Baca's upper body, nearly knocking him to the floor. At this point he whipped a gun from his pocket
In video footage obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca is seen allegedly firing four shots at demonstrator Scott Williams during a wild brawl Monday night. The skateboard smashed into Baca's upper body, nearly knocking him to the floor. At this point he whipped a gun from his pocket 
Police officers in Albuquerque arrested Baca, 31, after the incident and charged him with shooting protester Scott Williams
Police officers in Albuquerque arrested Baca, 31, after the incident and charged him with shooting protester Scott Williams
Williams collapsed to the ground, suffering serious injuries that have left him in a critical condition. He is pictured above flailing on the floor
Williams collapsed to the ground, suffering serious injuries that have left him in a critical condition. He is pictured above flailing on the floor 
Williams was protesting for the removal of the 'La Jornada' sculpture (pictured) that depicts a 16th-century Spanish colonial governor notorious for massacring natives
Williams was protesting for the removal of the 'La Jornada' sculpture (pictured) that depicts a 16th-century Spanish colonial governor notorious for massacring natives 
In the video footage Baca is seen allegedly drawing a handgun after he was chased down by a group of protesters and pushed to the ground around 8pm.
Baca, wearing shorts and a blue t-shirt, was being wrestled to the ground by two protesters, one a woman, before fellow demonstrator Williams ran in and picked up a skateboard hitting Baca hard over the head with it.
Williams, it's believed, is heard on the footage screaming: 'I'm gonna f**king kill you.'
Baca, while recoiling from the strike to his head, pulled his gun and shot at Williams four times, hitting him in the torso, the footage allegedly shows.
It appeared that Williams was shot in the back and blood can be seen gushing from his wounds in the disturbing video.
The shooting sent members of the 300-strong crowd running for cover as screams rang out and one person yelled, 'Somebody got shot.'
Another yelled at Baca: 'What the f**k is wrong with you.'
Several protesters surrounded injured Williams, who was wearing a black hoodie and backpack, and rendered first aid while another person is heard calling 911 on the video. It's understood one was an EMT who was with the protest.
Baca is seen crouching on the ground, in apparent shock at what had happened, and a group of armed militia from the New Mexico Civil Guard, carrying rifles and wearing camouflage uniforms, formed a barrier around him as chaos ensued.
It was not clear whether Baca was a member of the militia who tried to protect the statue as protesters attempted to pull it down.
It was not clear whether Baca was a member of the militia who tried to protect the statue as protesters attempted to pull it down
It was not clear whether Baca was a member of the militia who tried to protect the statue as protesters attempted to pull it down 
Baca was taken into custody by APD officers for allegedly firing shots and criticially wounding a man after crowds tried to topple the statue of Don Juan de Onate. He is pictured above as one of several people detained by police in Old Town, Albuquerque
Baca was taken into custody by APD officers for allegedly firing shots and criticially wounding a man after crowds tried to topple the statue of Don Juan de Onate. He is pictured above as one of several people detained by police in Old Town, Albuquerque
The skateboard, thrown by Scott Williams, clattered to the floor as he flashed an unidentified object in his left hand. Baca, whose top had lifted amid the scuffle, lurched towards Williams as he raised his pistol
The skateboard, thrown by Scott Williams, clattered to the floor as he flashed an unidentified object in his left hand. Baca, whose top had lifted amid the scuffle, lurched towards Williams as he raised his pistol 
Baca pointed and fired the gun at Scott Williams who tried to leap out of the way of the gunfire
Baca pointed and fired the gun at Scott Williams who tried to leap out of the way of the gunfire 
Armed officers tended to the wounded man's injuries, his back smothered in blood, as shocked protesters looked on in horror
Armed officers tended to the wounded man's injuries, his back smothered in blood, as shocked protesters looked on in horror


Phone videos showed Baca pushing back protesters in front of the sculpture and throwing down a woman before backing away and using pepper spray against oncoming demonstrators.
According to the criminal complaint citing the charges against him, Baca scuffled with protesters and was hit with a skateboard before he drew a gun and fired.
One witness, who asked not to be named, told DailyMail.com: 'The man in the blue shirt was protecting a few of the "pro" Oñate statue people and when it began to get heated he left the scene.
'But a mob began to follow him to his car and yell in his direction. As they approached, he took out his pepper spray and warned them not to come closer. They advanced on him and he discharged the pepper spray.
'The crowd kept following him and he warned them again to stay back. Three individuals proceeded to attack him by tackling him, and hitting him in the head with skateboards.'
Baca and members of the militia group were taken into custody by responding police officers.
'The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a "civil guard," were there for one reason: To menace protesters, to present an unsanctioned show of unregulated force,' New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
Baca, son of a former Bernalillo County Sheriff, ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2019, calling city leadership soft on crime and criticizing terms of a federal agreement imposing restrictions on law enforcement.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said the city would remove the sculpture of Juan de Oñate for 'public safety' after another statute of the colonial governor was taken down on Monday in Alcalde, New Mexico.
A protester holds a knife to a statue of Juan de Onate in the La Jornada sculpture Monday
A protester holds a knife to a statue of Juan de Onate in the La Jornada sculpture Monday
Protesters attach a chain to a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Onate in downtown Albuquerque on Monday night
Protesters attach a chain to a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Onate in downtown Albuquerque on Monday night
Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish explorer on Monday
Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish explorer on Monday
Demonstrators climb the statue of Juan de Onate in Old Town while armed members of the New Mexico Civil Guard stands by during a protest
Demonstrators climb the statue of Juan de Onate in Old Town while armed members of the New Mexico Civil Guard stands by during a protest
He wrote on Twitter: 'The shooting tonight was a tragic, outrageous and unacceptable act of violence and it has no place in our city. Our diverse community will not be deterred by acts meant to divide or silence us.'
Oñate is seen by some as a hero who led the Spanish colonization of New Mexico and reviled by others for enslaving the ancestors of Native Americans and ordering that men who survived an uprising at Acoma Pueblo have one foot cut off.
The protest outside the Albuquerque Museum began peacefully before activists took a pickaxe to the 'La Jornada' sculpture.
Members of the heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard then stepped in to protect the statue.
Before the violence erupted around 300 demonstrators had gathered in Tiguex Park at around 6pm to listen to speeches by indigenous activists before marching to the statue.
Anti-racism protesters venting anger over last month's death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, have taken to destroying statutes honoring the US Civil War's Confederacy, as well as sculptures of imperialists, conquistadors and other historical figures associated with subjugation of indigenous populations around the world.

Who was 16th-century Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate? 

Juan de Oñate y Salazar was an explorer and colonial governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México (New Mexico) in New Spain. 
Despite his discovery of countless indigenous tribes and vast exploration of lands today in the southern United States, he is notorious for the 1599 Acoma Massacre.
A skirmish broke out when a squadron of Oñate's soldiers demanded food from the Acoma Pueblo in October 1598. The Acoma refused, needing their supplies for the coming winter, and 11 Spaniards were killed.
One of those killed was Oñate's nephew, Juan de Zaldívar.
In January 1599, Oñate condemned the Acoma for their 'uprising' and ordered the destruction of their settlement.
During the ensuing siege, known as the Acoma Massacre, an estimated 800-1,000 Acoma were killed.
Another 500 survivors were taken prisoner. Oñate ordered that men and women older than 12 were to be enslaved for 20 years.
He also sentenced all of the male survivors over the age of 25 to have a foot amputated.
Rio Arriba County workers remove the bronze statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate from its pedestal in front of a cultural center in Alcalde Monday
Rio Arriba County workers remove the bronze statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate from its pedestal in front of a cultural center in Alcalde Monday
The multi-piece bronze sculpture 'La Jornada' outside the Albuquerque Museum features a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate (left)
The multi-piece bronze sculpture 'La Jornada' outside the Albuquerque Museum features a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate (left)
Selected to rule over the new territory in 1595, Oñate's objectives were to explore and colonize the lands within New Mexico and to spread Catholicism.
He founded Santa Fe de Nuevo México in 1598 and became its first governor. 
He explored into the Great Plains and the Lower Colorado River Valley, discovering many native tribes and founding settlements.  
In 1614, Oñate was summoned back to Mexico City and charged with crimes in New Mexico, including refusing to obey royal decrees, murdering the natives and treating the Acoma and Jumano peoples with terrible cruelty.
He was fined 6,000 Castilian ducats and banished from New Mexico for life. 
The La Jornada sculpture at the Albuquerque Art Museum Sculpture Garden
The La Jornada sculpture at the Albuquerque Art Museum Sculpture Garden

1 comment:

  1. "...unidentified object in his left hand." Uh, I will identify it for you. It is a KNIFE! This was a righteous shooting by any objective metric.

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