By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor
Investigators said Friday a Clovis woman is dead and her husband was clinging to life at a Lubbock hospital after their son shot them in their home just outside Clovis, then apparently turned the gun on himself. He died a few hours later.
Investigators offered no motive in the shooting by Daniel Sena, 25, of his adopted parents, Ramon Sena, 64, and Crusita Sena, 66.
Neighbors described Daniel Sena as “troubled.”
The shooting also prompted a short lockdown at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis, where neighbors said Daniel’s daughter is a student.
Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said officers received a report of a shooting at 4200 Homestead southwest of Clovis about 11 a.m. and found Crusita dead and Ramon critically injured with multiple gunshot wounds.
About an hour later at noon, Waller said Daniel Sena was found near Curry Road L and Curry Road 7, a few miles from the home, inside his car and suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died a short time later at Plains Regional Medical Center.
The elder Sena was flown from PRMC to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of life-threatening wounds. He was in critical condition.
Waller said as the investigation proceeded — before Daniel Sena was located — it was learned a family member was at Mesa, prompting the request for a precautionary lockdown.
Clovis schools Superintendent Terry Myers said the school was locked down for about 45 minutes to an hour. He said there were no incidents and school resumed normal functions after police gave school officials the all clear.
At the Sena home, bright yellow and black crime scene tape strung across adjacent streets kept curious onlookers away from the scene while the Major Crimes Unit collected evidence. Officials at the scene included a New Mexico State Police Crime Scene unit, several sheriff’s investigators and an investigator for District Attorney Matt Chandler.
Investigators spent most of the day at the Sena’s small beige ranch house in the Wheatridge area of Curry County — north of Brady Street and east of State Road 467, also known as Curry County Road N and Wheatridge Drive.
Next door neighbor Gary Blair said the first he knew anything was wrong was when he spotted deputies and police wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with assault weapons trying to bash in the Sena’s front door to gain entrance.
Blair and his wife, Theresa, said Ramon was a recently retired welder for New Mexico American Gas and Crusita, who they called Chris, stayed at home. Theresa Blair said Chris doted on Daniel’s young daughter.
The granddaughter was at the Sena home at least every other weekend, Theresa Blair said, and Chris was always outside playing with the girl.
Theresa Blair also said Chris had told her Daniel was adopted. She said Chris told her Daniel learned about the adoption while a teenager, “and he just wasn’t handling it well.”
Blair and her husband described Daniel as troubled, noting deputies were called to the home several months ago because Daniel was fighting with his parents.
Gary Blair said the Senas recently purchased a large recreational vehicle parked behind the home and had just returned from a trip to Ruidoso.
The Blairs have lived next door for more than 30 years
Across the street, 25-year resident Alfred Romero said the shootings puzzled him. He said he knew the Senas adopted Daniel when he was an infant “and he was a kid you just always saw around the neighborhood when he was growing up.”
Romero said Daniel Sena was quiet as a youngster and didn’t cause any trouble.
Waller said the shootings are still under investigation.