Failed GOP candidate arrested after series of shootings at New Mexico Democrats’ homes

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Police in Albuquerque, NM, on Monday arrested Solomon Peña, a former Republican candidate for the House of Representatives, in connection with multiple shootings of local Democratic politicians, authorities said.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said Peña is charged with conspiring with and paying four other men to shoot at the homes of two county commissioners and two state legislators. He was arrested after a brief confrontation with a local SWAT team.

“He is believed to be the mastermind behind this,” Medina said at a news conference Monday, per NBC News.

Peña launched an unsuccessful bid for New Mexico’s 14th House district in 2022, losing by 47 percentage points to his Democratic opponent, State Representative Miguel Garcia. The Albuquerque Journal notes that Peña has continued to dispute the results of the race, claiming election fraud.