Four men accused of a frightening shooting during rush hour last Friday near the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco made their initial appearance in court today and were ordered held on $2 million bail. The shooting was reported at 6:38 p.m. Friday and critically injured a 16-year-old boy who officers found after hearing gunshots coming from Hallidie Plaza, police said.
Authorities did not immediately have an update on the boy’s condition today. Police later on Friday used surveillance video in the area and descriptions provided by witnesses to arrest six men and recover a firearm believed to be used in the shooting. However, only four were charged in San Francisco Superior Court.
The defendants, Alexander Love, 19, Damien Allen, 18, Derrick Miller, 19, and Alvin Tautolo, 20, face five felonies each — attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment and participation in a street gang. The four made their initial appearance in court this afternoon but declined to enter a plea and will return to court on Friday for the continued arraignment. Each defendant was also ordered by Judge Jerome Benson to stay away from the victim if they post the $2 million bail.
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