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Search continues for 15-year-old homicide suspect

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Pueblo Police are continuing to search for 15-year-old Johnny Dennel, a suspect in the shooting and killing of a 22-year-old man that happened over the weekend.

The latest information from police is that Dennel and the victim, Francisco Alcon, were affiliated with the same gang. The exact details of their relationship are still unknown. 

Detectives say Alcon was shot to death inside a home near 6th and Monument on the lower east side just before 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The homeowner reported he and his son were with Alcon and at least one other person at the house. It’s not clear how or when Alcon was shot. The man and his son ran from the house to call police from a public phone.

On Sunday, police identified Dennel as the suspected shooter. Police are calling this a gang-involved incident.

"Simply because they were both affiliated with the same gang, but we don't believe it was gang-motivated. In other words, it wasn't like an initiation or like a rival gang shooting, or anything like that,” said Captain Kenny Rider of the Pueblo Police Department.

On Monday, News 5 spoke with Mark Salazar, a former gang member and someone who has crossed paths with Dennel at the Lucero Library where Salazar works.

Salazar is the founder of Hardknox Gang Prevention & Intervention, an organization that tries to help kids like Dennel. Salazar says when he heard about the situation with Dennel he was surprised.

"He's well-known here…on the east side…we've seen the good in him…but ultimately he strayed once…addiction, you know, overtook his lifestyle."

Salazar’s message for Dennel is to do the right thing.

Pueblo Police ask that if you see Dennel or know where to find him to please call police or Pueblo Crime Stoppers.

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