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Man accused of shooting woman in head after rejection pleads not guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of shooting a woman in the head after she rejected his advances pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and assault charges.

Anthony McCarary, 21, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney James Simmons told Judge David Szumowski that McCarary had a crush on the victim, but she didn't feel the same way about him.

The victim -- who is in her 20s -- had her boyfriend confront the defendant because he kept bothering her, the prosecutor said.

Simmons said McCarary got into an argument Wednesday with the boyfriend after he told the defendant to leave her alone.

During the argument, the defendant said he was going to come back with his "homeboys," Simmons said.

McCarary left and returned several hours later, around 9 p.m., wearing a "hoodie" and ski mask and confronted the victim from behind outside a home in Lincoln Park, the prosecutor said.

Simmons said the defendant put a gun to the victim's head and shot her twice.

Fortunately for the victim, one of her neighbors saw the defendant walking up and yelled for her to look behind her and she started to turn, and the bullet went through her head, Simmons said.

The victim survived and is in stable condition, thanks to her friend, the prosecutor said.

Police said McCarary was arrested in some bushes near Interstate 805 about 15 minutes after the shooting.

A readiness conference was set for July 26 and a preliminary hearing for July 28.

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