Steven Ray Baca Wiki – Biography
Steven Ray Baca, a former City Council candidate and son of a sheriff, was identified as the man accused of shooting another man at an Albuquerque, New Mexico, protests over a statue of a Conquistador.
In 2019, the Albuquerque Journal ran a short story on Baca that provides some biographical information. He was one of six candidates for an Albuquerque city council seat at that time. That story says he is the “son of a former Bernalillo County sheriff.” It also says that Steven Baca was working as “a freelance process server and skip tracer” and was a native of North Valley.
He told the newspaper he was seeking office because he feared the community was becoming a “third world country,” calling local elected officials “complete wimps when it comes to fighting crime.” He also criticized the city’s efforts to combat homelessness.
“You kind of have to handle it from a criminal justice perspective – a crackdown on the low-level crimes that the homeless community is doing; have officers do warrant pickups, a crackdown on those very small crimes like drug abuse. … A lot of the people (who are homeless) are addicted to drugs; you need to get those people into the court system so they can be forced to go to rehab,” he said in that article.
In 2014, a man named Steven Baca of Albuquerque created a Facebook page called “Citizens who stand with APD” while a college student. He told KOAT.com that he created the page to defend the police after protests, saying, “They don’t understand the job that they do, they’re not in that moment making those split-second decisions.” He said in that story that his uncle works for APD.
Steven Ray Baca Age
Steven Ray Baca is 31 years old.
Complaint about Baca
The complaint also describes how members of the crowd physically struck Baca before the shooting.
The complaint alleges:
“Steven continued to retreat away from the crowd while walking quickly backward and holding up his hand with his palm toward the crowd as if to separate himself from it. The group appeared to maliciously pursue Steven, with several of the crowd’s individuals physically striking Steven’s body with their hands and legs. Steven was struck by a male individual with what appears to be green in color longboard.”
Dramatic videos captured the sound of a shooting breaking out and a scuffle on the street. The shooting erupted after a tense scene between the New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group, and protesters. Other videos showed the aftermath of the shooting scene. You can watch videos of the shooting breaking out throughout this article. Be aware that the language in them is graphic.
Albuquerque Police confirmed that a man was shot at the protest in Albuquerque, writing on Twitter, “PD is investigating a shooting that just occurred at Mountain/Rio Grande. The shooting occurred during a protest event. One male subject was shot and has been transported. Officers are securing the scene. The public should avoid the area. This scene remains active and under investigation. We will provide updates when they are available.”
The injured man was in critical but stable condition. Some news sites erroneously gave the arrested man’s name as Stephen Baca.
“We are receiving reports about vigilante groups possibly instigating this violence,” Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier said in a statement. “If this is true will be holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law, including federal hate group designation and prosecution.”
We just obtained video of the shooting. pic.twitter.com/yjB6NHdKe2
— Megan Abundis (@meganrabundis) June 16, 2020
One dramatic video shows a scuffle between Baca and other people before gunshots break out.
Members of the guard were trying to protect a statute from the crowd, which was intent on pulling down the statue. Eventually the armed guard members stepped down from the statue. One video shows that some people began chasing after another man in a blue shirt who had been milling around in the crowd. “Go home,” and “get out of here,” and “instigator,” people shout on the video right before the shooting. One person hit the man with a skateboard. The man in the blue shirt doesn’t appear standing on the statue with the group of militia members, at least not in the videos circulating on social media. Rather, he’s milling around the crowd.
Some people said the shooter was a member of the Civil Guard but that was not yet confirmed by authorities. KOB 4 did report, “A number of members with the New Mexico Civil Guard, a self-described civilian militia, were seen being arrested.”
Members of the Guard did surround and protect Baca after the shooting, video shows. This video shows he immediately got on his cell phone. It’s not clear whether Baca was a member of the guard.
Also recorded off our camera. Man in blue shirt being put in car pic.twitter.com/UwEybENRa6
— Megan Abundis (@meganrabundis) June 16, 2020
Police did post a series of statements on Twitter. “The incident at Tiguex Park has ended peacefully and APD’s Emergency Response Teams are leaving the Old Town area. The FBI is currently assisting APD violent crime investigators as they interview individuals who were involved in the shooting,” they wrote. “The investigation is in the preliminary stages…The victim is reported to be in critical but stable condition.”
Police also stated, “Police also released a statement saying they intervened “this evening with its emergency response team after an individual shot another individual during a protest in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Police used chemical irritants and flashbangs to protect officers and detain individuals involved in the shooting. The individuals were disarmed and taken into custody for questioning.”
KRQUE-TV reported that “dozens of individuals called APD for help before the shooting,” but the police only arrived after it.