Gunshot damage closes BernCo building

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Gunfire damaged Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square on Monday morning. The building was closed and employees worked from home for security reasons. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal)
Security guards stand outside Alvarado Square in Bernalillo County on Monday morning after shots were fired into the building overnight. The building was closed and employees worked from home for security reasons. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal)

Bernalillo County closed its headquarters in downtown Albuquerque on Monday due to damage from the morning gunfire.

No one was injured, according to a press release from the county.

Shots were fired from outside and through the upper atrium windows around 3:15 a.m. Monday, according to a county spokeswoman. Only security guards were inside the building at the time. Albuquerque Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office are investigating, she said.

About 800 county employees work in the building at 415 Silver SW. They will work remotely, the county said.

“No one is allowed to enter the building at the moment for security reasons,” the statement said.

The county opened the $ 68 million head office – called Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square – just two months ago.

Spokeswoman Tia Bland said there was no estimate of the cost of the damage yet.


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