Store Owner and Employees Arrested After Shooting at a Crazed Driver in their Parking Lot


January 13, 2023, 11:51 pm

By: ABQ RAW staff

POSTED: 1/13/2023 @ 4:15PM

Edgerin Wynn Mohammed Kahla Audrey Sullivan

War Zone/Albuquerque – On Monday, January 9th, 2023, ABQ RAW received several messages about something big going on at the the Adam’s Food Mart Convenience Store located at 7817 Central NE. We drove by and noticed it had been taped off with crime scene tape and a few officers were posted there the entire day. When we went by the scene in the late afternoon we noticed police were still on scene talking to apparent witnesses and collecting evidence from the store.

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Today, we learned that an owner of the store and two of his employees have been accused of being involved in a shooting at the store. According to a criminal complaint, APD responded to a ShotSpotter call and a 911 call around 3:25AM on January 9th, 2023. Store owner Mohammed Kahla, 34, stated to police a driver was driving erratically through the parking lot. He stated he fired one shot into the air but denied shooting any rounds toward the driver. Mohammed said the driver was actually pointing a firearm at him. Mohammed has been charged with negligent use of a deadly weapon and shooting at a motor vehicle. Police were able to recover a handgun from Kahla’s person.

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An APD Real Time Crime Center pole camera system has been positioned in the stores parking lot for years

video from the scene

The store has mobile video trailers outside in the parking lot and APD officers were able to counter Kahla’s claims. They showed Mohammed video of him actually shooting more rounds into the car as it fled. After detectives showed Mohammed video evidence Kahla then changed his story and said he fired at the car but that he shot at the tires to prevent the car from leaving.

Also, in the video it shows employees, 20-year-old, Edgerin Wynn and 34-year-old Audrey Sullivan picking up bullet casings from the ground immediately after the shooting.


The complaint goes on to say, Sullivan remained silent, but Wynn spoke to police and stated he did not see the shooting and Sullivan said he would buy him a cheeseburger if he picked up the bullet casings. Wynn said he collect the casings and threw them into the trash can behind the store counter. Wynn and Sullivan were both charged with tampering with evidence. It is unclear if Wynn got his promised cheeseburger.

The driver who was shot at, was identified as Joshua Apodaca. Apodaca fled from police from the Adams store parking lot but was apprehended a few streets down from the incident. Apodaca smashed into several police units during the pursuit. He was charged with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, resisting an officer, and battery upon a peace officer. According to the criminal complaint, Apodaca had parole violations charges and warrant violations.

Joshua Apodaca


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