Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

Teen charged in shooting near SF Pride pleads not guilty

Joshua Spencer. Photo: Courtesy SFPD

Joshua Spencer. Photo: Courtesy SFPD

The teen charged with shooting a man who had just attended San Francisco’s recent LGBT Pride celebration has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in the case.

Joshua Spencer, 19, allegedly shot the 64-year-old victim in the arm Saturday, June 27 after Spencer and several other men got into an argument at United Nations Plaza. The site of the shooting, which occurred just after 6 p.m., is near where the festival had ended for the day, but police have said the incident was unrelated to Pride. The victim was briefly hospitalized.

Besides the attempted murder charge, Spencer, who’s being held on $2.5 million bail, also pleaded not guilty Thursday, July 9 to two counts of assault with a semiautomatic rifle and a count of intentional discharge of a firearm with great bodily injury.

Assistant District Attorney Nathan Quigley said in court this week that video of the incident shows Spencer firing at one of the two victims. The victims are the man who was actually shot, and the person that Spencer had allegedly been firing at.

The gun was found in the same block as the shooting, Quigley said, and Spencer’s “palm prints were found on the magazine of the gun.”

Spencer has declined the Bay Area Reporter’s request for an interview.

Asked about the case today (Friday, July 10), Deputy Public Defender Brian Pearlman, who’s representing Spencer, said, “I’m not going to have any statement about that right now.”

TheĀ  next court date is July 21.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 10, 2015 @ 4:10 pm PST
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