A manhunt is underway for a suspect who police say shot at a group of off-duty firefighters in downtown Pueblo, Colo. shortly after midnight on Sunday, leaving one injured.
The firefighter, who has not been identified by police, was transported to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The local Pueblo fire union said he is “recovering and doing well.”
Police are now searching for the shooting suspect, 41-year-old Esteban Gallegos, who is facing one count of first-degree assault and eight counts of attempted first-degree murder.
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The confrontation began when the injured firefighter and several off-duty coworkers witnessed a group of people harassing a homeless man who was having mental health problems around 12:25 a.m. on Sunday, police said.
Shortly after the firefighters defended the homeless man and everyone dispersed, Gallegos allegedly opened fire at them from a ’90s model Buick that was parked nearby, striking one of them in the leg.
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Joey Guiterrez, the Pueblo Fire Union President, told KRDO that the group of firefighters were outside the Pueblo FD Union Building when the shooting took place.