The following is a news release from the Hobbs Police Department:
On Sunday, October 28, 2018, at approximately 4:28 AM, Hobbs Police Officers responded to the 400 block of North Cochran in reference to gunshots. Officers who were already in the area on an unrelated call heard multiple gunshots being fired and then observed people fleeing the area.
Officers were directed to German Portillo, 39, of Hobbs, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Portillo was taken to Lea Regional Medical Center and later transported to a Lubbock, Texas hospital where, after surgery, he is listed in critical condition. Kareema Fields, 25, of Hobbs, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Lea Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. Additionally, Shanna Frischknecht, 22, of Hobbs sustained a gunshot wound to her hip while she was reportedly sleeping in a vehicle that was parked in the 400 block of North Cochran. She was treated and released from Lea Regional Medical Center.
The initial investigation revealed that a verbal argument ensued between Portillo and another individual as they were leaving a Halloween party in the 400 block of North Cochran. The argument became physical and multiple shots were fired. Ruben Flores, 18, of Hobbs was charged with Aggravated Battery (3rd Felony) and Aggravated Assault (4th Felony) for shooting at Portillo and pointing a firearm and shooting towards Joe Hurst, 22, of Hobbs. Flores is being held at the Hobbs Municipal Detention Facility awaiting arraignment.
This investigation is ongoing. If you have information related to this incident please contact the Hobbs Police Department at 575-397-9275 or Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005.
(News release from the Hobbs Police Department)