Pueblo man accused of shooting teen with pellet gun over pot

PUEBLO, Colo. - A 13-year-old Pueblo boy is recovering from a pellet gunshot to the chest after police say he was trying to steal marijuana.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that 34-year-old Jason Lucero faces assault charges for allegedly shooting the boy from his porch.

The boy was found early Saturday with his clothing scattered around him. Medical examination found a pellet had entered the boy's chest and was deflected downward to rest between vital organs. Police say the boy was in stable condition at a Denver hospital.

Lucero told police he had shot an intruder from his porch, but investigators say the teen was in the neighboring yard when he was hit with the pellet.

The newspaper reports that an investigation is ongoing.

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