An ex-con accused of taking shots at a passing car occupied by a family of five in Moreno Valley pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

Pierre Lamar Drew, 33, of Moreno Valley was taken into custody at the scene of the March 6 attack in the 22400 block of Alessandro Boulevard, near Elsworth Street.

Along with five counts of attempted murder, Drew is charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and multiple sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a crime while on bail and using a gun in the commission of a felony.

The defendant was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Emma Smith, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 4 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Drew is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Brandi Swan, motorists alerted deputies to a man armed with a gun, standing in the middle of Alessandro about 10:30 p.m. A patrol deputy arrived moments later and spotted Drew allegedly “firing a handgun eastbound toward passing vehicles,” Swan said.

“As a vehicle containing a family of five passed by the suspect, he fired numerous rounds at the vehicle, striking it at least once,” the sergeant said. “The rear window of the victims’ vehicle was shattered as a result of the gunfire.”

The deputy immediately confronted Drew, who complied with the lawman’s order to surrender and drop his pistol, Swan said.

No one in the vehicle was injured, but “a bullet was located inside … in very close proximity to the victims,” he said.

According to court records, Drew has prior convictions for possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana for sale. He also has an unresolved case pending for allegedly being in possession of an assault weapon. The defendant was on bond in that matter when he was taken into custody in March.

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