CARLSBAD — A reputed gang member is looking at nearly three decades behind bars after he allegedly shot a teen outside a Carlsbad house party two weeks ago.
Raul Sepeda Gonzalez, 20, appeared in a Vista courtroom Feb. 25 to face charges of attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. Both counts carry additional gang and weapon allegations.
At the request of prosecutors, Judge Marshall Hockett set Gonzalez’s bail at $1 million; however, a no bail hold is in place since Gonzalez was on probation at the time of his arrest.
Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to the charges and allegations. His next scheduled court appearance is a March 9 readiness conference.
In the early morning hours of Feb. 21, an 18-year-old male suffered nonlife-threatening injuries after being shot in the head outside of a party in the 2300 block of Pio Pico, police said.
Because of the ongoing investigation in the case, Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard said he couldn’t release the victim’s name, medical condition or whether he had any gang ties.
After witnesses identified Gonzalez as the shooter, police arrested him late in the evening Feb. 22 during a traffic stop on southbound Interstate 5 near Cannon Road, authorities said.
During his bail request, Allard told the judge Gonzalez has been involved in four violent offenses, including the shooting, over the last two years. In 2006, Gonzalez was involved in a group beatdown and a Carlsbad robbery, the prosecutor told the court. Then in 2007, he and another man assaulted the victim of the aforementioned robbery outside of Carlsbad High School. Allard told the judge these offenses show Gonzalez is “out of control.”
Gonzalez received a six-month jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of assault stemming from the attack on the robbery victim.