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Sheriff: Pueblo West still safe despite suspected teen shooting

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:10:10 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 07:16:26 PM CST

Teens implicated in Pueblo West shooting but investigators say they have found no evidence that guns were meant for school shooting. Joe Dominguez reports.

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. -

A shocking crime in Pueblo West over the weekend, allegedly involving a 16 and 17 year old shooting a woman through a front door, has some wondering if the teens had something bigger planed.

It happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on W. Morning Glory Dr.

Cheryl Gonzales, 34, was taken to the hospital but survived the attack. It's not clear if she's out of the hospital or if she's choosing to keep her medical information private.

Investigators arrested those teens for the attack that's just a few blocks away from Pueblo West High School where they are both enrolled.

Detectives said even though they tracked down 7 stolen guns to the teenagers they don't believe they were using thoseĀ  weapons for anything other than robberies and the attempted home invasion on Morning Glory.

"It's always alarming but this is the fact of our society-- there's always the ability for people to get firearms," said Captain Don Leach of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Leach said the teens were able to steal the guns from an elderly relative in late October.

He said there's no reason to believe they were planning on using the guns at school or that any other students are in possession of stolen guns.

"I wouldn't have any concerns about that," said Leach. "Pueblo West is a very good high school. A lot of students are coming forward saying, 'Hey, I've heard this about [one of the teens] and provided information.'"

Captain Leach said it speaks to the level of commitment from the Sheriff's Office that they had the two suspects in custody so quickly.

"We used an enormous amount of resources because of the kind of crime it was and how it appeared," said Leach. "At first, we didn't know specifically if this could be a community concern or directed at somebody."

Leach said the investigation led detectives to the conclusion that this was a targeted attack, most likely because of illegal drugs and money.

The teens face a number of charges including attempted first degree murder, first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Both are being held at Pueblo Youth Center.

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