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Girlfriend of suspect shooter makes public plea

Jayna Emerson, girlfriend of a suspected shooter, publicly pleaded Monday for her boyfriend to turn himself in to police in Sunday's fatal shooting of her 15-year-old cousin in St. Paul (Pioneer Press).

Police said Sunday the suspected shooter is Alfredo Gutierrez-Gonzales, 19, of St. Paul. He has been dating Emerson for three years, and he sometimes stayed at the home where MacKenzie was killed.

Investigators want to talk to Gutierrez-Gonzales to find out what happened and why, said Peter Panos, a St. Paul police spokesman.

Officers were called to 582 Concord St. after someone there reported gunshots fired at 12:27 a.m. Sunday, police said. MacKenzie was on the floor with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Paramedics tried to revive the teen
but he died at the scene. About 10 people were in the home when MacKenzie was shot, Panos said (Pioneer Press).
A police dog tracked the gun used in the shooting, a semi-automatic rifle, to a wooded area about five blocks away, off U.S. 52, and officers recovered it, Panos said.

Gutierrez-Gonzales is on probation for a year for a July conviction in Dakota County for misdemeanor theft.

In July 2005, when Gutierrez-Gonzales was 16, he was charged with motor vehicle theft in Ramsey County. He pleaded guilty, was put on supervised probation and ordered to do community service (Pioneer Press).