Watch: Armed Citizen Shoots After Protesters Allegedly Attack

A man who opposed the removal of a statue of conquistador Juan de Onate argues with protesters on June 16, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico after the sculpture of the conquistador was removed. - A man was shot on June 15 as a heavily armed militia group attempted to defend …

A protester in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was shot Monday night after a citizen who was allegedly under attack opened fire.

The incident occurred as protesters gathered to remove a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Oñate.

The Washington Post reports former city council candidate, 31-year-old Steven Ray Baca shot 39-year-old Scott Williams. Baca was arrested and charged with “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.”

The Post reports the Albuquerque Police Department complaint against Baca notes he was allegedly spraying pepper spray at protesters who were coming toward him, and a number of protesters “appeared to maliciously pursue” him.

Williams allegedly swung “a board…[at] Baca’s upper body and head,” after which Baca reportedly shot Williams.

ABQRAW published video of the alleged attack and Baca responding by opening fire:


KOB4 reporter Megan Abundis published video of the incident from different angle:


ABC News reports Williams was transported to a hospital in “critical but stable condition.”

The New York Post notes video from a bystander appears to show Baca “violently throwing a woman to the ground before demonstrators began to advance on him.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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