MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Ramsey County jury convicted a 21-year-old St. Paul man of premeditated first-degree murder Monday in regards to a shooting that took place after a house party last year.

The jury found Aaron Morrow guilty of one count of first-degree murder for fatally shooting 21-year-old Joe Rivera with an AK-47 assault rifle on Sept. 26, 2010, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said.

The jury also found Morrow guilty of two counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at two other men in the same attack. He wounded one of the men, David Chavez, in the hip.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to the shooting at 3 a.m. near 12 Oakley Avenue, where they found Rivera with bullet wounds in his chest and side. Police said they found 15 bullet shells near the scene.

Chavez said Morrow’s friend accused him of stealing a cell phone at a party on Prior Avenue earlier that evening. It was after Chavez, Rivera and another man left the party that Morrow approached them with an AK-47. He opened fire, shot Rivera multiple times and then rode off in a get-away vehicle.

Comments (12)
  1. Rifleman says:

    Why would anyone have an automatic assault rifle if they were nt up for bad things?

  2. brett smith says:

    I doubt it was an ak 47 “MACHINE GUN”.AK 47’s are sold as semi-autos and have to be changed over which is not easy to do.It is story reporting like this that mis-leads people.

    1. Jack Mehoff says:

      I totally agree with you. It’s the media’s need to sensationalize everything. I love the small things like “get away vehicle” that’s a nice touch, if you’re writing for your high school paper.

      1. WhatBS says:

        My Favorite is “15 bullet shells”

    2. F.Berretta says:

      It’s actually quite easy to convert to auto..If it’s a struggle for you,then maybe you aren’t that sharp to begin with & ought not to be touching a weapon in the first place.

        1. @what bs says:

          Nothing is easy for you..Especially being taken seriously.

  3. Pho Ban says:

    WCCO is the only “news” outlet describing the weapon as a “machine gun”. Other outlets described it as an AK47 Assault rifle. The Strib actually reported that it required a trigger pull for each shot. It leads one to believe the ‘CCO is either negligent in fact gathering or intentionally pandering to the anti-gun movement. Is there a third option?

    1. Pho Ban says:

      Looks like the story has been updated to remove the incorrect identification of the weapon. Is ‘CCO looking for a part time fact-checker?

  4. Kevin says:

    More Sweedish trash! I say seal the Sweedish border and deport them all! Stop Sweedish violence now!!!

  5. D says:

    BAN GUNS. Nobody needs them.

  6. Shameeka Jones says:

    Those saggy pants Norwegians with their sideways baseball caps & multple poorly raised kids are just so violent.

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