DA: Biker Shooting Suspect "Has A Target On His Back"

Authorities found the man wanted in connection to the fatal Nugget casino shooting of a Hells Angel Leader just sitting in his car.

Ernesto Gonzalez

Authorities found the man wanted in connection to the fatal casino shooting of a Hells Angel Leader at the Nugget just sitting in his car.

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez was caught on surveillance video from the Nugget, that according to police shows him, with his gun drawn, approaching Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew as the Hells Angels leader fought with two members of the rival Vagos Motorcycle gang.

Then, they say, the video shows him pumping four shots into Pettigrew's back, putting the gun in his waistband and fleeing the scene.

A search later turned up seven .40 calibre casings about 15 feet from where Pettigrew fell.

Sgt. Gutierrez of the University of California San Francisco Police Department, observed a vehicle parked with a suspicious person inside. Sgt. Gutierrez was patrolling the area due to complaints of vehicle burglaries. Sgt. Gutierrez contacted the subject who identified himself at Ernesto Gonzalez.

Pettigrew was pronounced dead at Renown Medical Center a short time later. Another Vagos member was later wounded in what appears to have been a retaliatory drive by shooting.

Law enforcement officers have reason to fear more violence.

Pettigrew is being mourned in a number of quarters including on the internet and at the headquarters of the San Jose Hells Angels chapter he presided over.

"It was murder," said Angels memer Frank Pollesel. "I hope they catch whoever done it and give him the same thing. That's the way I think it should be done. An eye for an eye."

"They tried retaliation with the drive by and that didn't work," said Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick, "The best thing for that young man is to turn himself in in Sparks. There's a target on his back and they're looking for him."

Gonzalez was reportedly cooperative and booked without incident.


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