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Two charged in Dotsero volcano shooting

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” Prosecutors have filed charges against two men accused of participating in a shooting spree in Dotsero that wounded one man.

Oscar Martinez Huerta, 23, of Avon, was charged with one count of felony first-degree assault Monday, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. Huerta shot Gypsum resident Luis Landeros ” who was likely unarmed ” in the abdomen in April after an argument and fist fight near a mobile home park in Dotsero, authorities said.

Huerta is an illegal immigrant originally from Mexico, authorities said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will detain Huerta if he is released from Eagle County jail “for any reason,” Carl Rusnok, spokesman for the federal agency, wrote in an e-mail.

Edgar Lozoya-Cardenas, 24, of Avon, was charged Monday with one count of first-degree assault, six counts of attempted first-degree assault and eight counts of menacing, all felonies, Hurlbert said.

Authorities said Lozoya-Cardenas drove the sport utility vehicle in which he and Huerta followed Landeros and some other people after the fight near the Dotsero volcano. Lozoya-Cardenas also aimed a shotgun at several people and shot at the sport utility vehicle, Hurlbert said.

A few shots were fired at the vehicle, and Landeros was hit in the abdomen, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has said. A friend drove Landeros to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where Landeros was expected to recover.

A 12-gauge shotgun was found in the vehicle in which Huerta and Lozoya-Cardenas

were traveling when the vehicle was pulled over by Avon police, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Certainly we feel we have enough to get a conviction,” Hurlbert said. “That’s why we filed charges.”

Brian Bradford, a public defender who is representing Lozoya-Cardenas and Huerta, did not return a telephone message requesting comment.

Lozoya-Cardenas and Huerta are being held in Eagle County jail.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at (970) 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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