Woman playing Pokemon Go gunned down as she witnessed armed robbery

Cayla Campos, 21, was shot as she and her boyfriend tried to drive away from a New Mexico park

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By David K. Li

Robbers gunned down a New Mexico woman, who had been playing Pokémon Go and accidentally stumbled into their armed heist in progress, Albuquerque police said Tuesday.

Cayla Campos, 21, and her boyfriend were in the midst of the virtual scavenger hunt near Bianchetti Park at 11:52 p.m. Saturday when they suddenly became witnesses to am armed robbery, officials said.

"Cayla and other witnesses observed two individuals committing a robbery against unknown subject(s) who were seated in a vehicle" on Granite Avenue NE, according to an Albuquerque Police Department statement.

Cayla Campos.Albuquerque Police Dept.

"Cayla turned her car around to leave the area when multiple shots were fired into her vehicle. Cayla was struck by one of these rounds and her vehicle crashed into an occupied residence. Cayla died from her injuries."

The two vehicles involved in the robbery — a red car, possibly a Ford Mustang, and a silver four-door sedan — fled the scene, police said.

Investigators appealed for the public's help: "APD is asking the victims of the 'robbery' or anyone else with information to please come forward."

Niantic, the San Francisco-based software developer behind the wildly popular game, said in a statement on Tuesday: "We want to express our deepest condolences to Ms. Campos' family and friends at this terrible time."

Gabe Samandi contributed.