Convicted Felon Allegedly Shot His Girlfriend With Gun He Purchased Illegally, Sheriff’s Office Says

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Source: Fresno County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Oct. 6 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A convicted felon in California is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend and then fleeing, authorities said.

Shortly after 3 a.m. on Oct. 2, deputies responding to the report of a victim suffering gunshot wounds at a home in Cantua Creek found 19-year-old Paulina Gonzalez dead, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Homicide detectives learned Enrique Rios Hernandez, 29, was at the residence earlier the day of the murder, and they later located him in Fresno.

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The sheriff’s office said detectives interviewed Hernandez, a convicted felon prohibited from having firearms or ammunition, and “learned he shot Gonzalez with a gun he had illegally purchased.”

Hernandez was arrested for murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and probation violation.

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He was booked into the Fresno County jail, and his bail was set at $1.15 million.

The investigation is ongoing. Officials have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.


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