Shooting victim dies in hospital, police arrest juvenile suspect in Pueblo's 28th homicide

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Three people were shot in the early hours of Dec. 18, one of whom died Dec. 19 as a result of their injuries.

The Pueblo Police Department has arrested a juvenile male suspect in the case. The suspect, according to police, is being held at a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The victim, identified by the Pueblo County Coroner's Office as 21-year-old Rye resident Mason J. Potter, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition following the shooting but died the following day as a result of his injuries.

Saturday's bloodshed marked Pueblo’s 28th homicide of the year.

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According to police, the shooting took place just after 1:20 a.m. at a residence in the 2300 block of Big Paw Circle.

Two other victims, one male and one female, were shot during the incident, according to police, both of whom were treated for their injuries at area hospitals and later released.

A Pueblo PD news release stated that the department’s investigation “determined that shots were fired from a vehicle into the residence.”

Pueblo police public information officer Sgt. Franklyn Ortega could not provide details about the events that led up to the shooting due to the ongoing nature of Pueblo PD’s investigation. However, he said the shooting seems to have stemmed from some sort of “disturbance.”

Ortega said the gunshots were fired from a handgun and police believe only one shooter was involved in the incident.

Police continue to investigate.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office, according to DA Jeff Chostner, is currently "giving consideration" to charging the juvenile as an adult.

Pueblo PD is asking anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact detective Jose Medina at 320-6006. To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP (719-542-7867) or visit

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