SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two suspected gang members accused in a shooting that left a City Heights man dead and one of his neighbors wounded last fall pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges.
Laquan Antione Jordan, 20, and Darius Isaiah Peete, 19, are charged in the death of 29-year-old Aaron Robinson.
Jordan is also charged with assault with a semiautomatic weapon for allegedly shooting a 21-year-old woman during a social gathering on 54th Street last Oct. 2.
Bail was set at $1 million for both defendants, said Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel.
Patrol officers responding to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of 54th Street found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound in a third-floor unit shortly before 4 a.m., according to San Diego police.
Witnesses reported that the victim and a few friends were leaving the residence when several young men confronted them and tried to crash the party.
After being told to leave, the intruders became belligerent.
"One of the males issued a gang challenge, and a fight ensued," San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney said earlier. "During the fight, a suspect pulled out a handgun and shot at the victim group. The (woman) was struck by one round, and the suspects fled."
As police were investigating the shooting, a resident of the complex informed them that a man was lying inside the front door of a first-floor unit, Rooney said. Officers went to that residence and found the renter, Robinson, dead in the apartment.
"The investigation revealed that the same (assailants) were responsible for both incidents," Rooney said.
Robinson had not been at the party and was shot at the entrance to his apartment, according to police. Detectives eventually identified his alleged attackers as Jordan and Peete, who was already in custody for an unrelated alleged crime and was re-booked in connection with the shootings.
Jordan is also charged in a separate robbery, Israel said.
Detectives arrested Jordan in the 600 block of North Mollison Avenue in El Cajon shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday.
The young woman who was shot has recovered from her wound, which was never considered life-threatening, according to Rooney.
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