North County man arrested in Colorado for alleged shooting

SAN DIEGO — A Vista man who allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend last weekend, gravely wounding her, was behind bars Thursday following his out-of-state arrest.

Police in Pueblo, Colorado, took 41-year-old Estevan Montelongo into custody on Tuesday and booked him on suspicion of attempted murder, San Diego County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Rich Williams said.

Montelongo allegedly opened fire on the 28-year-old woman with a pistol at their apartment complex in the 600 block of Ascot Drive on Sunday afternoon. Deputies found the victim on the ground in a pool area about 3 p.m., suffering from bullet wounds to the head.

“The woman underwent emergency surgery and survived,” Williams said Thursday morning. “Her prognosis is still uncertain.”

Due to the severity of the woman’s wounds, homicide detectives took charge of the investigation.

The lieutenant declined to comment on what might have prompted the shooting and would not say how authorities were able to track down the fugitive suspect.

Montelongo was expected to be extradited to the San Diego area to face charges in the case.