Colorado man accused of shooting teen over pot

Marijuana (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Marijuana (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A 13-year-old Colorado boy is recovering after police say a man shot the teen in the chest with a pellet gun for trying to steal marijuana.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Monday ( ) that 34-year-old Jason Lucero is jailed on an assault charge on suspicion of shooting the boy from his porch. Police say the boy tried to take marijuana plants growing in a backyard.

The boy was found early Saturday. A medical exam shows a pellet entered the boy’s chest and traveled down to rest between vital organs. Police say he was in stable condition at a Denver hospital.

Lucero told police he shot an intruder from his porch. Investigators say the teen was in a nearby yard when the pellet struck him.

A jail database doesn’t indicate if Lucero has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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