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Accused Charged in Zuni Shooting Case | USAO-NM

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Alexander MM Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Field Office in Albuquerque, announced that Nicholas Pinto has been charged with assault causing bodily harm serious bodily injury and discharge of a firearm in a violent crime in Indian country. Pinto, 23, of Zuni, New Mexico, and a registered member of Zuni Pueblo, appeared for a detention hearing Sept. 26 and will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, on September 17, Pinto and another person arrived at the home of a Zuni resident, identified as John Doe. Pinto allegedly had a conflict with one of the people in the residence. To avoid any fighting in the residence, John Doe forced Pinto to leave.

Later, in the early morning of September 18, Pinto reportedly returned to the residence. John Doe answered a knock on the door to find Pinto with a shotgun. As John Doe tried to walk away, Pinto allegedly shot him in the leg. Pinto reportedly tried to shoot John Doe again, but the shotgun did not fire.

John Doe, who is an enrolled Zuni Pueblo member, received emergency treatment at the scene and was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment.

A complaint is only an allegation. An accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, Pinto faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office investigated the matter with the assistance of the Zuni Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Nayback is prosecuting the case.

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