Man accused of firing shots in Pueblo-area church parking lot during funeral

Leonard Rodriguez Pueblo Police Department

A man is facing charges after he fired shots in a Pueblo-area church parking lot during a funeral Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Deputies said it happened around 10:20 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Aspen Road just southeast of Pueblo. Deputies said a sedan drove into the parking lot, followed by an SUV. The people in the two cars got into an argument, and someone inside the SUV fired shots. Both cars then left the lot, headed in opposite directions. 

The church and offices were immediately put on lockdown, but the funeral service continued uninterrupted. 

A few hours later, deputies found the sedan at a home on the east side of Pueblo. They talked to the people inside, who identified the suspect as Leonard Rodriguez, 26. 

Around 3:10 p.m., deputies found Rodriguez in a parking lot on Bonforte Boulevard. He was arrested without incident. 

Rodriguez is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felony menacing, two counts of reckless endangerment, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and possession of a controlled substance. 

Deputies are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting. 

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