NM: Failed Republican candidate arrested in shootings targeting Democratic politicians’ homes

Source: Albuquerque Journal

“Albuquerque police on Monday arrested the man they say is the ‘mastermind’ behind a recent string of shootings targeting Democratic lawmakers’ homes. The suspect, Solomon Pena, is a Republican who unsuccessfully ran for office in November, has made repeated claims that the election was rigged and appears to have attended the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in Washington, D.C. … [Pena] is accused of paying four men to shoot at the homes of two county commissioners and two state legislators, Police Chief Harold Medina announced Monday evening. Investigators also believe Pena was present for at least one of the shootings. … Pena ran unsuccessfully in the House District 14 race and claimed on social media he should have won the election. He also visited three of the targeted officials’ homes unannounced in November complaining the election was fraudulent and should not be certified.” (01/16/23)