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More details emerge in PW shooting

Tangled case involves drugs, stolen guns, possible hard feelings

Sunday’s shooting in Pueblo West is a tangled web of juveniles, family, acquaintances, drugs and possibly bad blood.

The Pueblo County sheriff has named Devin Riensch, 16, and Evan Hesselberg, 17, as the gunmen who opened fire on the front door of a Pueblo West home, wounding Cheryl Gonzales, 34.

Gonzales was being treated at Parkview Medical Center for severe internal injuries. Her condition was not available Wednesday.

According to an affidavit by sheriff Detective Gregory Drake, the juveniles targeted Gonzales’ home for marijuana, where large quantities were known to be sold.

The affidavit said the suspects, with masks over their faces, went to Gonzales’ duplex about 2 a.m. Sunday and knocked on the door.

Gonzales answered but quickly shut the door when she saw the masked suspects.

Her husband, Tommy Gonzales, asked who was at the door and the victim “stated two males in ski masks were at the door. As Cheryl Gonzales turned to grab her dog, someone started firing bullets through the door,” the affidavit said.

As many as six shots from semi-automatic rifles were fired at the door.

Detectives interviewed Riensch’s mother, 42-year-old Stacey Riensch. The affidavit said that through interviews, it was revealed that Riensch had given the guns to the juveniles earlier in the night.

Stacey Riensch was arrested on several charges, including for an allegation that she “unlawfully provided or permitted a juvenile to possess a firearm other than a handgun.”

In a heavily redacted affidavit, it said: “Stacey went into the bedroom, retrieved the firearms, came back out and gave the firearms to” individuals whose names were edited from the document.

The firearms had been stolen from Hesselberg’s grandfather in Custer County and had been stored in the basement of the Riensch household.

The affidavit said rifles and ammunition matching casings recovered from the scene were found in the Riensch house.

The affidavit said that Stacey Riensch had been trying to sell stolen weapons prior to the shooting, an allegation that she denied.

Stacey Riensch, who allowed a search of her house, told detectives she had found the weapons in her basement and didn’t know where they came from.

The affidavit also said that Stacey Riensch and the victim were friends who had a falling out. Detectives still were exploring the strain in the friendship.

Stacey Riensch also was arrested for reportedly possessing five methadone pills that were found in the home, packaged for sale.

Stacey Riensch denied selling drugs and said the pills were for her boyfriend, Raymond Younger, to help him kick a heroin addiction, the affidavit stated.

Younger and four others, who are acquaintances, were arrested during the investigation on separate charges and warrants unrelated to the shooting.

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