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2 teens accused in gang-related shooting plead not guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two reputed gang members walked into a residential neighborhood on an alcohol-fueled search for rivals, leading to a shooting that wounded a 7-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man, a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday.

Darryl Williams, 16, and Anthony Monta Penn, 18, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges stemming from the shooting last Saturday around 1:50 p.m. on Roswell Street, near 56th Street, in Emerald Hills.

Police said Penn was arrested when he returned to the area, while the teen -- who is being prosecuted as an adult -- was picked up later.

"While drinking alcohol, they decided to walk through a rival neighborhood and hit up some houses with gang challenges," Deputy District Attorney Frank Jackson alleged.

When one person answered up to the challenge, a fight ensued, during which the teen opened fire, Jackson alleged. He said Martin Barnett suffered gunshot wounds to his upper arms, while the girl, Laura Castello, was hit in the leg as she played in a nearby yard.

The youngster was treated at a hospital and returned home on Tuesday. Jackson said he did not know Barnett's condition, but police earlier said they expected him to recover.

Judge David Szumowski ordered bail set at $500,000 for both defendants.

Jackson said the 16-year-old defendant was on probation for bringing a gun onto school grounds, while Penn has juvenile convictions for robbery and assault causing great bodily injury.

They're charged with the attempted murder of Barnett, assault with a firearm on the tot and shooting at an inhabited house. The charges include weapons and gang allegations that could be used to enhance sentences if they're convicted.

They face up to life in state prison, Jackson said.

A status conference was set for next Wednesday at the San Diego County Courthouse.

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