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Hobbs Police Department identifies suspect in shooting incident

Officers found 25-year-old Jiovanny Morales with gunshot wounds at the scene before transporting him to a local hospital where he would later be pronounced dead.
Credit: Hobbs Police Department Facebook

MIDLAND, Texas — The Hobbs Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that happened on May 28. 

Hobbs Police Officers responded to a call around 10:34 a.m. at the intersection of Grimes and Broadway in reference to a shooting. Upon their arrival, they found 25-year-old Jiovanny Morales of Hobbs suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Morales was transported to Covenant Health Hobbs Hospital where he would later be pronounced dead due to his injuries. 

According to the Hobbs Police Department, there have been several witnesses that have provided leads to help with this incident. People can leave tips of their own by calling HPD at 575-397-9265 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005. 

During their a press conference on May 31, 2023, Hobbs PD was able to find out during their investigation that Morales was a passenger in a vehicle and was being followed by the driver another vehicle and the suspect, 27-year-old Jose Muro of Hobbs. 

An arrest warrant for Muro has been obtained and the charges include Accessory to or Shooting at a Motor Vehicle Causing Great Bodily Harm, a Second-Degree Felony. There might be more additional charges added on at a later date. 

The investigation is still ongoing, and we will continue to update this story as we receive more information. 

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