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Mom: Son couldnt count shots fired

Steve LynnVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEdgar Lozaya Cardenas

DOTSERO A Gypsum man who was likely unarmed when he took a shotgun blast to his abdomen Friday remained in serious condition Sunday, the Eagle County Sheriffs Office said.

Witnesses told investigators that several people had been involved in an argument and a fistfight at an outdoor party attended by around 20 people about two miles up a dirt road that climbs the mountains next to a Dotsero trailer park, the Sheriffs Office said.A sport utility vehicle was fired on with a shotgun three or four times about midnight Friday after the fight near the Dotsero volcano, the Sheriffs Office said. Luis Landeros, in his early 20s, was standing outside the stopped vehicle when he was shot, the Sheriffs Office said. Its unclear why Landeros was standing outside the vehicle.We have no indication that anyone in the victim car had any kind of weapon, said Lt. Mike McWilliam, of the Sheriffs Office. Friends took Landeros to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, McWilliam said. Three other people were with that vehicle at the time of the shooting, which happened a half-mile from the party after the vehicle that Landeros was in left. The shooter caught up with them in another vehicle, the Sheriffs Office said.Landeros bladder and intestines were injured, but he was expected to recover, McWilliam said. Some of the pellets from the shotgun blast were removed, and some were left in his abdomen, McWilliam said. Landeros could be kept in the hospital for four days, McWilliam said. The Sheriffs Office has recommended that Edgar Lozoya-Cardenas, 24, and Oscar Martinez-Huerta, 22, both of Avon, be charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with the shooting, McWilliam said. The Sheriffs Office is investigating Cardenas and Huertas roles in the shooting, he said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will determine whether the suspects, both born in Mexico, are illegal immigrants, McWilliam said.Driving to get awayYolanda Martinezs 23-year-old son, James Lara, drove Landeros to the hospital. Around here, I never thought something like that could happen, Martinez said. She said Lara told her he was with Landeros listening to music in his SUV near the volcano. Landeros told some other men to pick up beer bottles they had left on the ground, Martinez said. Weve heard that story, said McWilliam, who said he didnt know how the fight started. Lara got out of the vehicle to go to the bathroom when someone started hitting him, Martinez said. Somehow, he got back in the vehicle and the men fled as they were shot at, she said. Lara told her so many shots were fired, he couldnt count them, Martinez said. They were just driving to get away, she said. She said Lara didnt know the suspects. Martinez wished the shooting had never happened, but shes thankful that at least her son and his friend werent shot, she said. Lara did not return a telephone message requesting comment Sunday night. Juan Ramirez, like some Dotsero residents who live in the trailer park north of Interstate 70, said he had not heard of the shooting Sunday. Daniel Daurte, a 15-year-old who lives in the trailer park, said he hadnt heard the news, either. Thats pretty bad, I guess, Daurte said about the shooting. Ramirez and Daurte said the volcano is a popular place for partygoers to gather Friday and Saturday nights. Dozens of beer bottles littered the volcano Sunday afternoon. Ramirez said he wasnt worried about living in the trailer park after the shooting. I dont go up there on Friday nights, he said. After the shootingAfter hearing accounts from witnesses Friday night, sheriffs deputies told other law enforcement agencies to look out for the sport utility vehicle suspected in the shooting, the Sheriffs Office said. Avon Police stopped the vehicle and detained Cardenas and Huerta and one juvenile male, the Sheriffs Office said. A 12-gauge shotgun was found in the vehicle, McWilliam said. The juvenile male, a witness to the shooting, was released to his father afterward, McWilliam said. The Sheriffs Office is looking for people who knew what was going on before and after the shooting, McWilliam said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriffs Office at 970-328-8500 or remain anonymous by calling Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007.Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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