A confrontation between seven carloads of area residents and score of Colorado motorcyclists at a northern New Mexico campground erupted in gunfire Monday night. Four bikers were wounded, one seriously.

Tension remainded high after the shooting and a "substantial force" of police patrolled the campground and Questa yesterday, according to state police Lt. Tommy Cantu.

Cantu said the shooting occurred between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and lasted "no longer than it takes to fire off a few shots." Officers were searching for the assailants.

State police, Taos County sheriff's officers, Questa police and volunteer members of the mounted patrol were called in after the shooting began.

Cantu said as many as 100 motorcyclists had been in the area, camping in the Red River Canyon, between Questa and Red River, during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The shooting occurred when area residents went to the campground, eight miles east of Questa, in cars and "opened fire" after an exchange of words with the motorcyclists, whose number had dwindled to 20 to 25, Cantu said.

He said no shots were fired by the motorcycle group during the incident, motorcycle group during the incident, although "some of them were armed."