Army veteran, 24, fatally shot at ATM, police search for shooter

- An Army veteran who had recently returned home was shot and killed while at an ATM in New Mexico, authorities and family said.

Tyler Louis Lackey, 24, and a friend stopped at an ATM near the man’s house after the pair had dinner in Albuquerque on Friday, his aunt said.

Police were called to the ATM shortly before 10 p.m. and in the parking lot, they found a man with at least one gunshot wound, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Emergency responders rushed Lackey to a nearby hospital, but he could not be saved, police said.

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A motive for the shooting has not been released, but witnesses reportedly told police there had been an altercation between two men before one was shot.

“(The caller) heard a loud noise and then one man fell to the ground,” Officer Darren DeAguero told the Journal.

A gun was reportedly found next to Lackey, but police did not say who it is believed to belong to.

Police released photos of a red-and-white vehicle, which they believe is connected to the shooting suspect, described as a slim Hispanic man with slight facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red and black running suit.

Investigators also released an image of a woman who was seen with the suspect that is wanted for questioning.

Lackey served five and a half years in the Army as a paratrooper medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. He came from a military family and gew up in Albuquerque.

“He had just returned from Fort Bragg after completing his tour in the army,” his aunt Paula Frank wrote on Facebook.

He was honorably discharged in November 2015 after working in a field surgical unit during his tour in Afghanistan and planned to continue his work in the medical field, she told the Journal.

“He was just starting out at (Central New Mexico Community College), and he knew he wanted to do something in medicine, but he didn’t know what yet,” Frank said.

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