Teen Indicted In Richmond Church Shooting

| April 20, 2010

An 18-year-old Richmond man was in court Monday for arraignment on attempted murder charges in a Valentine's Day church shooting that wounded two teenage brothers.

A grand jury handed down a five-count indictment against Marcel Buggs last week. In addition to three counts of attempted murder, he's charged with burglary and gang activity.

Prosecutors said Buggs entered the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ at 2100 Roosevelt Avenue during a Feb. 14 service, paced the aisle looking for his victims, then opened fire in front of about 100 people.

Two brothers — ages 14 and 19 — were shot; one was shot in the shoulder and the other in the leg. Both survived, police said, and a third brother escaped uninjured.

Authorities said multiple witnesses identified Buggs as the shooter and indicated that the three brothers were targeted because they were North Richmond residents on Central Richmond turf.

Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said Buggs is mentally ill and was not taking anti-psychotic medications that had been prescribed to him at the time.

Buggs' younger sister, Cameesha Buggs, said outside the courtroom Monday that she believed her brother was innocent.

She held Buggs' infant daughter on her hip as she talked to reporters and described her brother as an "intelligent young man."

"He really didn't do this," she said.

Buggs was scheduled to return to court April 27 to be assigned an attorney and enter a plea. He was being held on $5 million bail.

Two alleged accomplices in the shootings, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, both Richmond residents, were not charged in the indictment because they are juveniles. According to Jewett, a grand jury cannot charge a juvenile by indictment.



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