Teenage Couple Can’t Resolve Conflict Over Seats, so the teen Kills a Man in Front of His Wife


June 27, 2023, 1:08 am

BY: ABQ RAW staff

POSTED: 06/26/2023 5:45PM

ALBUQUERQUE , NM – APD homicide detectives have now charged 19-year-old Enrique Padilla with the fatal shooting Sunday of Michael Tenorio during a dispute over seats at the Century Rio 24 movie theatre in Northeast Albuquerque.

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According to the criminal complaint, several witnesses told police that a man, later identified as Padilla, arrived at the movie theatre with his girlfriend and confronted Tenorio, 52, and his wife, who were already sitting in seats that were reserved by Padilla. Staff at the theatre tried to help resolve the dispute, but the confrontation between the two couples continued to the point where Padilla threw a bucket of popcorn at Tenorio and his wife.


The complaint then goes on to say that the two men stood up and Tenorio pushed Padilla back towards a wall. At that point several shots rang out inside the movie. The bullets struck Tenorio, who fell to the ground and died. Tenorio’s wife said she saw a green laser beam coming from Padilla just prior to the shots being fired. She said she believed the laser came from a handgun. Witnesses said Padilla fled the area on foot after the shooting. Padilla’s girlfriend then engaged in a physical fight with Tenorio’s wife before the girlfriend also ran from the scene out of an emergency exit.

It is unclear if Padilla’s psychopathic girlfriend will also face any charges as a result of the shooting incident or the subsequent physical fight with Tenorio’s wife.

An off-duty APD officer, who was at the theatre, saw the disturbance and immediately stepped in after the shooting and attempted life-saving measures for Tenorio. Sadly, Tenorio died at the scene as a result of his gunshot wounds.

Padilla was later found hiding behind a bush outside of an emergency exit at the theatre. Padilla was wounded and asked a bystander to call 911 because he had been shot. Officers arrived and provided aid to Padilla who was transported to the hospital where he was treated for an apparent gunshot wound. It was unclear how Padilla was shot and whether it was self inflicted to create a story of being a victim. An APD sergeant obtained Padilla’s information prior to him leaving for the hospital, and noted that Padilla matched the description of the suspect that witnesses were describing as the shooter.

Homicide detectives later located the gun believed to be used in the shooting. It was located near the spot where Padilla had been hiding. Eight bullet casings were located inside the theatre where the shooting occurred, one casing matched the same brand and caliber casing located in the bush where Padilla was hiding.

Padilla is now charged with first degree murder, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, and tampering with evidence. Padilla will be booked into MDC after he is released from UNMH.


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