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Police searching for suspect in double shooting, homicide in south Pueblo

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South Pueblo shooting, September 29
Posted at 2:02 PM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 09:45:39-04

PUEBLO — The Pueblo Police are currently investigating a shooting near the Southside of town. Officers had the area of Lake and Highland blocked off as they search for a suspect.

The shooting reportedly happened on Wyoming and Indiana Street near the Saint Mary-Corwin Medical Center.

According to a police spokesperson, a Pueblo police officer was driving on Indiana Avenue when he noticed a male who was face down on the sidewalk. Dispatch then said that a shooting had just happened in that area, and there were multiple victims. The police officer attended to the man, and he was taken to the hospital but later died.

Meanwhile, the second victim of the shooting was walking to the hospital when a citizen picked him up and took him there. He was listed as being in stable condition.

The Pueblo County Coroner has identified the deceased as 37-year-old Carlos Lerma of Pueblo.

Police have since identified 36-year-old Andrew Baros as a suspect. An arrest warrant has been issued for Baros for 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

Baros has previous local arrests for 2nd Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Burglary, and Harassment.

Detectives are also seeking a person of interest in this case, identified as 36-year-old Andrew Mendoza. Mendoza is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for parole violation.

This is the 19th homicide in Pueblo for 2021. Last year, there were 14 homicides total.

If you have information about this incident, please contact Detective Torres at (719) 320-6037 or Pueblo police dispatch at (719) 553-2502. To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers @ 542-STOP (542-7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.

This story is still developing.