An 18-year-old arrested in connection with a Saturday shooting in San Francisco that injured five people pleaded not guilty to a host of gun charges Wednesday afternoon.
Terrell Blay, 18, of San Francisco appeared in court in a bright-orange sweatshirt and pants, with his hands shackled in front of him, to deny all charges in connection to Saturday’s shooting.
Prosecutors allege Blay ran away when approached by plainclothes police officers responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Market and Seventh streets, nearly 2 miles from the annual Pink Saturday celebration.
As Blay fled, a loaded gun, with a bullet in the chamber, fell from his leg, according to prosecutors. Blay ran into a bar and out the back door, then into a warehouse and out the back, where he was eventually caught by uniformed police, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Blay is a “risk to public safety.”
However, defense attorney Paul Dennison said Blay never used the gun or shot into the crowd.
“It sounds like he was running for his life,” Dennison said.
Prosecutors said the gunfire began when two rival gangs came into contact.
A 16-year-old, who was not named, also was arrested and is the “lone shooting suspect” in the case.
Blay is being held on $250,000 bail, which Dennison said was too high.
“We see dozens of cases like this every day,” he said. “It’s not that big of a deal. [That] it’s high profile has absolutely added to the increased bail amount.”
Blay had previous robbery and gun charges. His probation ended in April. He’s scheduled to appear in court again July 19 to set a pretrial date.