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Suspect charged with attempted murder following shooting at graduation party

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 01, 2019

PUEBLO - One person has been arrested following a shooting at a graduation party in Pueblo on Saturday, June 29.

Pueblo police officers responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Fairfield Lane for a disturbance with shots fired. When they arrived on scene, officers found an unconscious 27-year-old man laying in the street in front of the residence. Officers also found a 39-year-old man in the backyard of the residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.

During the investigation officer learned a group of unwanted men crashed a graduation party and refused to leave. Police said the unwanted men did eventually leave, but as they were leaving, they damaged vehicles that were outside of the residence. People at the party came outside and started confronting the unwanted men. According to police, at that point at least one of the unwanted males began firing a handgun or handguns at the residence. That's when the 39-year-old man was hit. He is now listed in stable condition.

As the unwanted men were about the leave the scene, one of them, the 27-year-old who was beat unconscious, refused to get inside the getaway car. He was then assaulted by one of the unwanted men and was left unconscious in the street. They then left the scene in a Honda Civic. Witnesses at the scene identified one of the unwanted men who left in the vehicle as 27-year-old Christopher Montoya.

Police were able to find the getaway car around 5 a.m. on June 30. behind a residence on Royal Crest Dr. According to police, spent ammunition rounds were visible inside the vehicle from the outside. Officers found Montoya in the residence and took him into custody without incident. He was booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center on a charge of attempted First Degree Murder.

If you have any information about this incident, call Detective Carlee Gustin at (719) 553-3258. To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP (542-7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com. If your information leads to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.