Neighborhood Rattled By Drive-by

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email
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The victim of a drive-by shooting is recovering in a Denver hospital. According to family, 30-year-old Luther Montour is in critical but stable condition.

Montour was shot in the face on Saturday night. Investigators say three young men between the ages of 14 and 18 shot up the home Montour was in on Van Buren Street in Pueblo. Montour was on parole at the time and has a criminal history, but investigators don't know if the shooting is related. They do believe the shooters were gang members, but are unsure if the drive-by was gang related.

Sgt. Eric Bravo with the Pueblo Police Department says, someone living at the home may be an active gang member based on evidence they found while processing the scene of the crime. An unidentified man staying at the home, told KKTV that he was a gang member as a young man but was no longer active. He says, he was at the home when the drive-by happened, but doesn't believe the shooters were targeting him.

Other family members at the home say the children staying there are still in shock, are having trouble sleeping, and had to be pulled out of school because of all the attention this was getting.

Meanwhile, neighbors are concerned as well. Bob Denigris was home at the time of the shooting. He heard the shots and says they sounded like firecrackers. It wasn't until later he realized that he could have been in danger had the shooters fired on the wrong house. "I was right inside [the] window... it could have hit me or my wife," says Denigris.

Denigris moved to the neighborhood about seven years ago and has seen what he calls a working middle class neighborhood slowly develop problems. Until now, he says, those problems have been relatively minor. Now, he is concerned for his safety and those of his neighbors.

Still, he says, the neighborhood isn't going to let this crime become the norm on their street. "We know who lives in all of these houses. If there's anybody, stranger in the neighborhood, we always ask them who they are. And if there is anything that surpasses that, we'll call the police," says Denigris.

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