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Pueblo man accused of 2 counts of attempted 1st-degree murder after shooting at a car

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO)-- Saturday, November 5, Pueblo officers were called to the 7-Eleven on Northern Ave. regarding a shooting.

According to court documents, at around 12:30 A.M, a black Buick Sedan arrived at the 7-Eleven. A woman got out from the passenger side and went into the store. Then, the woman exited the store and went back in. While inside, a Jeep liberty pulled into the parking lot. Eventually, the woman came out of the 7-Eleven and went back inside the car.

Court documents state that Juaquin Avila, an 18-year-old, got out of the passenger side of the Jeep Liberty and walked toward the front of the store. Avila reached into his front right pocket or waistband with his right hand and pulled out a handgun. Avila shot several rounds at the Sedan as they were leaving.

According to the affidavit, the woman in the passenger seat called 911, stating that she had been shot at 7-Eleven. The woman told police she was already going to a local hospital. Officers went to the local hospital and observed a man lying outside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to his lower leg and left upper arm and an apparent graze to his left ear.

Documents say that officers attempted to get statements from both victims but didn't get further information other than it occurred at 7-Eleven.

Court documents state that Pueblo officers observed several bullet holes riddled in the windshield and the front driver-side quarter panel of the vehicle. Officers also observed 4-5 bullet holes in the windshield directly in front of the driver seat and near the front seat passenger and noted that all the bullet holes were consistent with being fired into the vehicle from the outside.

Both victims were in the car. The man was in the driver's seat while the woman was in the passenger seat.

Photos obtained from court documents
Photos obtained from court documents

Later, officers were notified the woman was being transported via flight for life to another hospital. According to the affidavit, the woman had "substantial injuries".

She was shot in the face under her eye. The victim lost her vision due to the incident.

Officers found Avila at Mary Corwin Medical Center. Another man was with Avila and had sustained a gunshot wound.

According to court records, Avila has been advised he is being charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Avila's bond amount was set at half a million dollars. At this time, he has not posted a bond and is still in jail.

Pueblo Police said they expect to make more arrests. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.

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