Man shot in New Mexico at protest over statue of Spanish conquistador

ALBUQUERQUE – A man was shot Monday after gunfire erupted at a demonstration in New Mexico, where protesters attempted to topple a Spanish conquistador’s statue outside an Albuquerque museum, authorities said.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

The shooting occurred during a clash between protesters and the New Mexico Civil Guard, a heavily armed civilian group that attempted to protect the controversial sculpture — a monument that features Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, reports said.