Hells Angel pleads not guilty in San Mateo shooting

Getty Images File PhotoHells Angels biker Dionicio Rafael Lopez fired two gunshots into the wrong house

Getty Images File PhotoHells Angels biker Dionicio Rafael Lopez fired two gunshots into the wrong house

A Hells Angels biker has been indicted on charges that he opened fire on a Daly City home last year, nearly striking two children, while hunting a rival gang member.

Investigators say 24-year-old Dionicio Rafael Lopez picked the wrong house July 24, 2011, when he fired two shots at it. The bullets came close to hitting two children, ages 6 and 9, who were watching television, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A bullet struck the television, Wagstaffe said, then ricocheted and lodged into a wall.

Police reportedly found Lopez hiding in a nearby home connected to the Hells Angels. The firearm that had allegedly been used was recovered, Wagstaffe said.

Last week, the San Mateo County grand jury returned an indictment against Lopez. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to firearm, gang and assault charges.

Lopez, who remains in custody on no-bail status, is scheduled to return to court Thursday for a bail hearing.

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