New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting at Tucumcari Pizza Hut

New Mexico

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KAMR/KCIT) — UPDATE: New Mexico State Police have identified the suspect and victim.

New Mexico State Police officers report that Jimmy Chavez was confronted by 23-year-old Flip Anaya inside the Pizza Hut Friday night, and a verbal argument ensued.

As both individuals exited the restaurant, Anaya shot Chavez.

Chavez was pronounced dead on the scene.

As officers arrived on the scene, Anaya shot himself in the head and was airlifted to Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, where he died Saturday night.

ORIGINAL: Tucumcari Police is reporting one man is dead and the suspect is at a hospital in critical condition after a shooting at the Pizza Hut in Tucumcari.

Officers responded to reports of an active shooter at Pizza Hut at 9:15 Friday evening. Officers were informed that two individuals were involved and that one was in Pizza Hut, and one was in a parked vehicle in the parking lot.

After arriving, officers discovered one man had been shot and killed while working at Pizza Hut.

The suspected shooter was found a short distance away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. After securing the surrounding parking lots, and the interior of the restaurant, officers determined that no other suspects were on scene.

The New Mexico State Police have taken over the investigation and it remains ongoing. The names of the individuals involved will not be released at this time out of respect for the families.

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