PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- It's a crime no one sees coming until it's too late and it's happening more in Pueblo so far this year.
The Pueblo Police Department reports it's received 68 calls for drive-by shootings so far in 2021. That's roughly one every other day.
“We realize it’s an issue, it’s a problem and we are addressing the issue and we are addressing the problem,” says Sergeant Frank Ortega with the Pueblo Police Department.
The latest shooting happened Tuesday near a Val U Stay Inn and Suites near the Belmont area. Police arrested the suspect, later identified as34-year-old, Johnny Delgado shortly after the first shots rang out.
Delgado has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2005. He has been arrested for 3rd Degree Assault, menacing with a deadly weapon, and attempted homicide.
Looking into who is behind these shootings, Ortega says it's a small group of people.
“A lot of it is gang-related that is the root cause of this,” Ortega says, adding while these shootings are happening all over the city, they have found a correlation between the groups responsible.
“A drive-by happens at one group's place where they hang out and they go and shoot at the other group.”
Ortega says more of these types of arrests will be made as the department dedicates more resources and conducting operations to combat this issue.