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An alleged gang member suspected in a Compton shooting that wounded a 4-year-old boy Wednesday was charged Friday with eight felony counts, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Luis Julian Beltran Perez, 22, pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and three counts of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in connection with a shooting in Compton in which the boy was hit by stray gunfire as he was in a passing car.

The charges include allegations that Perez personally and intentionally discharged a firearm which caused great bodily injury and that the crime was committed for the benefit of, at the direction of and in association with a criminal street gang.

Perez allegedly confronted a group of men standing in front of a liquor store near Atlantic Avenue and Compton Boulevard on Wednesday morning, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cooley said.

Perez allegedly retrieved a gun and began shooting at the group, with an errant bullet striking the child inside the passing vehicle, the prosecutor said.

The child was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Perez — arrested a day later in connection with the shooting — was ordered held on $9 million bail pending his next appearance in a Compton courtroom on June 23, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Perez could face up to life in prison if convicted as charged.

–City News Service

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