One arrest made in Clovis weekend shootings

Freedom Newspapers

A 16-year-old has been arrested for the shooting of Efrin Tapia, 15, who suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm late Saturday night while walking on Main Street, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department.

A 16-year-old black male, whom police would not name, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, negligent use of a firearm, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the case, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said.

Tapia told police he was shot near the Der Wienerschnitzel on Main Street after a confrontation with a black male, who later got into a white vehicle with three other black males, according to a police report.

Tapia told police he heard eight gunshots before realizing he had been shot, records show. Police reported finding two shell casings.

The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are possible, Schoeffel said.

Murder suspect still at large

No charges have been filed in connection with Sunday morning’s slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., who was found shot in the head in his vehicle, according to Clovis police.

Police said they have identified a “person of interest” in the case, but no arrests have been made.

Salas was the only occupant police found in the four-door Buick, according to the incident report. The engine was running and the accelerator pedal was still fully depressed after it hit a vehicle parked in the lot of the Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City shop on Seventh Street, according to a police report.

A bullet hole was noted on the right side of the vehicle’s rear window, and the Buick also had damage to its front suspension and a flat tire, records show.

Salas was pronounced dead at a Lubbock hospital Sunday, officials said.

Arrest made in Dec. 25 shooting

Police arrested Robert Macias, 30, on Tuesday in connection with the Christmas night shooting of a Clovis man on Pile Street.

The arrest was made based on interviews and witness statements, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel.
Zachariah Stephenson, 30, was shot once in the leg, above the knee, about 9:45 p.m. after he opened the door to his residence on 1200 Pile Street, records show.

Stephenson gave police a description of the shooter and of the assailant’s car, according to a police report.

Macias is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, officials said.