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Pueblo Police: uptick in drive-by shootings, most caused by gangs

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.”

Just last week, three men were arrested in gang-related incidents, including drive-by shootings.

Ortega says more of these types of arrests will be made as the department dedicates more resources and conducting operations to combat this issue. 

Chase Golightly

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  1. You don’t say. Gangs are responsible. I thought grandpa was getting in some target practice before hunting season.

    How much do you pay those geniuses on the PPD?

  2. How about we ask the DA why he is dropping so many charges on these clowns… PPD is doing what they have to for the public but the DA is dropping charges left and right.. Look at the history on this guy… you can get it on line its public information

  3. Gangland pueblo. Crooks know they can run the streets, cause no one is going to stop them. If the city cracks down, the “defund the police” and “race” squad will start squawking.

  4. “Pueblo Police: uptick in drive-by shootings, most caused by gangs”
    Well that’s a relief, I was concerned that all of the drive-by shootings were being conducted by all of the blue hairs and Q-tips going head to head, healthcare center Versus healthcare center, no holds barred, “2 man enter, 1 man leave.”
    Sometimes an article’s title doesn’t do any justice for the article itself…
    This has been a known well documented problem with Pueblo since at least the late 1980’s.

  5. I have to wonder how many of these gang members are illegal aliens who belong to extremely violent groups like MS-13 and the serranos gang.
    It cannot be helping that Biden the demented fraud puppet and the radical Marxist Democrats that now occupy our government are flooding our country with illegal immigrants whose background we have no idea of.
    While the gangs make it obvious that they are armed the demented fraud and the radical marxists are so completely on a psychotic mission to destroy America that they want to take away law abiding people’s right to own guns for self-defense.

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