One of three suspects in a Valentine’s Day shooting inside a Richmond church that injured two brothers was arraigned today in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, but did not enter a plea.Marcel Buggs, an 18-year-old Richmond resident, was indicted Friday on three counts of premeditated and deliberate attempted murder, one count of burglary and one count of being a member of a criminal street gang. He is also facing enhancements for the use of a gun, causing great bodily injury and gang enhancements, Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said.If convicted of all the charges, Buggs could face multiple life sentences.The two other suspects, 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.The shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 inside the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ at 2100 Roosevelt Ave.Three males wearing black hooded sweatshirts entered the church and shot the brothers, a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, in front of about 100 people who were attending the service. One brother was shot in the shoulder and the other in the leg. Both survived, police said. Jewett said multiple witnesses identified Buggs as the shooter. He also said that the shooting appears to have stemmed from an ongoing dispute between young men in north Richmond and young men in central Richmond. Buggs may also have some mental health issues, Jewett said.Buggs’ younger sister, Cameesha Buggs, said outside the courtroom today that she believes her brother is innocent.She was holding 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,” Cameesha said.Buggs’ mother also showed up for the arraignment but did not wish to comment on her son’s case.Buggs is scheduled to return to court April 27 to be assigned and attorney and enter a plea. He is being held on $5 million bail.
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