Santa Fe New Mexican

Albuquerqu­e deploys police after shooting


ALBQUERQUE — New Mexico’s most populous city is reacting to the mass shooting Saturday in El Paso by stepping up security at shopping stores and some department stores such as Walmarts.

Albuquerqu­e Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Mike Geier said the boosted police presence would continue through the back-toschool shopping weekend, which includes a tax-free holiday for school items.

The officials commented in an Albuquerqu­e Police Department statement that also said police would deploy a team to a Saturday evening downtown festival.

The officials said in the statement that the moves were a “response to the tragic shooting today in El Paso” and that they wanted to reassure Albuquerqu­e residents and others from around New Mexico.

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