Police have launched a homicide investigation after a Mora man was shot and killed earlier this week.


New Mexico State Police responded to calls about a shooting near a home on County Road A042 in Mora just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 12. When officers arrived, they found 66-year-old John Serna dead from an apparent gunshot wound, according to Lt. Mark Soriano, a spokesman for NMSP.

The NMSP Investigations Bureau was brought in to investigate the shooting. During the initial investigation, police determined that Serna and a man police have not publicly identified had gotten into “an altercation” that resulted in Serna being shot to death, according to Soriano.

Serna was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting by the Office of the Medical Investigator. His body was transported to Albuquerque where an autopsy will be performed.

Soriano said the shooting is being investigated as a homicide, but no one has been arrested.

“This homicide investigation remains active and ongoing, as Investigation Bureau agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews and information,” he said. “Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney.”

Multiple Mora residents made the Optic aware of the shooting on Monday, but NMSP did not respond to requests for information until Wednesday.

This remains a developing situation. The Optic will provide more information as it is made available.


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