Son Shoots Stepmom During Graduation Ceremony

Albuquerque, New Mexico – A stepmother was shot by her stepson while attempting to give him a hug during a high school graduation ceremony, according to authorities. The incident occurred at the Albuquerque Convention Center, where the Southwest Secondary Learning Center graduation was taking place. Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Christian Bencomo.

Police received a call around 5 p.m. reporting shots fired at the venue. Witnesses described a chaotic scene, with over 100 people present at the ceremony when the shooting took place. As the woman tried to embrace Bencomo, he reportedly pulled out a handgun and shot her in the neck. The victim was immediately rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive, while Bencomo was detained by bystanders until the police arrived.

Jennifer Renfro, an eyewitness, shared her account of the incident, stating that the graduates had just received their diplomas and roses to give to their loved ones. She hugged her son and suddenly heard a loud pop, causing panic among attendees who initially thought it was a firecracker or a balloon. Renfro’s daughter took cover on the ground during the confusion.

According to jail records at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, Bencomo is facing charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm to a family member, and preventative detention. He is currently being held without bail.

The motivation behind the shooting remains unclear, and authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the factors that led to the violent act during what should have been a joyous occasion. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the need for increased security measures and vigilance in public gatherings.

This shocking event has deeply impacted the local community, as parents and students alike are left grappling with the trauma and aftermath of the shooting. The incident highlights the importance of fostering a safe and supportive environment in schools and public spaces, where moments of celebration can occur without fear of violence.

As the investigation continues, authorities will be looking to uncover any potential warning signs or underlying issues that may have contributed to this senseless act of violence, striving to prevent similar incidents in the future.