2 Former CNN Reporters Survive Robbery at Gunpoint in Arizona; Suspect Shot Dead

A photo of Lynne Russell and Chuck de Caro. (Facebook: Lynne Russell)
A photo of Lynne Russell and Chuck de Caro. (Facebook: Lynne Russell)

A former CNN correspondent was shot three times late Tuesday night during an attempted robbery at an Albuquerque motel.

Former CNN anchor and Manzano High School graduate Lynne Russell told Action 7 News she and her husband were robbed at gunpoint at the Motel 6 near Coors and Iliff around 11:30 p.m.

Her husband, Chuck de Caro, worked as a correspondent for CNN as well.

Russell said they were exhausted Tuesday night and decided to go to a motel to rest. She went out to the car to get something when a man put a gun to her head, dragged her back into the motel room and demanded her valuables.

Her husband grabbed his gun and the two exchanged gunfire. Russell said the suspect fired first.

Police said both men fired multiple rounds.

Russell said her husband was hit three times. He underwent surgery at University of New Mexico Hospital and is expected to recover.

Officers found the other man in the parking lot. He died at the hospital.

Police have not yet released his name.

SOURCE: Sandra Ramirez
KOAT ABC 7

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