Suspect in USC Halloween Shootings Pleads Not Guilty

Bail was set at more than $2 million for Brandon Spencer, who faces life in prison

By Melissa Pamer
|  Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 5:08 PM PDT
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Ex-Crenshaw Prep Football Player Among 4 Shot at USC

Police respond to a Halloween-night shooting at USC. A suspect pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of attempted murder.

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New Details on USC Halloween Shooting

Eugene Hall recalls what happened when he learned his son, Geno, was shot while attending a Halloween event at the University of Southern California. The 20-year-old was shot seven times, and three others were also struck. Witnesses say it appeared people in line began to get upset when they were denied entrance to the party. Angie Crouch reports from USC for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2012.

Ex-Crenshaw Prep Football Player Among 4 Shot at USC

One of four people shot outside a USC Halloween event Wednesday was identified as a former Crenshaw High School football player. Students reacted Thursday to violence on the campus. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at noon on Nov. 1, 2012.
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A 20-year-old Inglewood man accused of opening fire outside a Halloween party on the USC campus pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder Monday.

Brandon Spencer was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court, where a judge set his bail at $2.04 million at the request of prosecutors. Cameras were not permitted in the courtroom.

Spencer was arrested shortly after gunfire broke out late Wednesday night near a "freak or Greek" party sponsored by the University of Southern California's Black Student Assembly. About 400 people were at the event at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

Spencer allegedly opened fire on a former Crenshaw High School football star, Geno Hall, who was wounded but expected to survive. Hall is a student at West LA College.

Three other people, none of them USC students, suffered wounds authorities called non-life-threatening. They were identified by prosecutors as Mysson Downs, Thomas Richie and Davonte Smith.

Police had said a dispute between two non-students prompted the shooting. Only students with USC identification were supposed to be allowed in the party, according to the university's policy.

The charges include the allegation that the shooting was carried out to benefit a street gang.

Spencer faces life in prison.

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