By Nick Catlin
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KOAT) — Albuquerque Police Department officers found a young tiger inside a Southeast Albuquerque home. The units were responding to a home shooting.
APD learned of shots being fired on Indiana Street SE Tuesday afternoon. Before arriving, officers were alerted of a person shot in the leg near the area.
Preliminary evidence shows that the injured person was struck by a stray bullet.
Officers heard another gunshot while on scene coming from a nearby mobile home.
They eventually located Kevin Gerardo and Vargas Mercado, who were armed with a handgun, according to APD. It was not specified who was in possession of the handgun. Mercado was taken into custody without issue.
APD officers then followed a blood trail that led them inside a trailer. They never were able to locate that injured person, according to the department.
Inside the trailer home, a Bengal tiger cub was found inside a dog crate. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish took custody of the tiger.
The gun violence reduction unit has taken over the investigation.
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