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Police searching for Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival shooting suspect

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Posted at 5:33 AM, Sep 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-26 12:40:20-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo police are searching for 18-year-old Victor Villalobos, who they believe is responsible for the shooting on the 100 block of S. Union Avenue in Pueblo Saturday night at the Chile & Frijoles Festival.

Villalobos has a warrant out for attempted first degree murder after shooting a man multiple times, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The disturbance involved only the two men at the festival around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday. When police arrived, they discovered the victim was shot several times. The man was then transferred to a local hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Villalobos, you're asked to contact Detective Jose Medina at (719) 320-6006. To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP (542-7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.

According to Krystle Herrera, communications coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber, the festival will open at 10:00 a.m. as scheduled. She released a statement Sunday morning saying the following:

We are saddened about the unfortunate events that transpired last night. Our hearts are with victim and everyone affected. The safety of our festival patrons is of the utmost priority. The Chile & Frijoles Festival has always been a community event that we want families to feel comfortable attending. We will continue to have security and Pueblo Police presence throughout the festival footprint as we plan to reopen today at 10am. Today’s festival events including Chili & Salsa Showdown, The dedication of Chile tribute to Rod Slyhoff and Jalapeno Eating contest will continue as planned.
Krystle Herrera, communications coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber