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USC Halloween Party Shooting: Brandon Spencer, suspected gunman, pleads not guilty

Students and people who attended a party on the campus of USC are allowed to leave after the USC campus was in lockdown after four people were shot including one in critical condition during a Halloween party at the Tutor Campus Center on Nov. 1, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Suspect Brandon Spencer, 19, has pleaded not guilty to shooting four people at a Halloween party on the USC campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES -  A Calif. man who allegedly opened fire at a Halloween party on the University of Souther California campus pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of attempted murder.

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Spencer, 22, appeared in court and was ordered held on $2.4 million bail. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a complaint against him Monday.

His lawyer, James M. Simmons, told reporters that two men were initially arrested but only one was charged. He suggested that witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the incident to police.

Simmons said his client has no criminal record and had been scheduled to begin classes Monday at UCLA in a nursing and EMT program.

Four people were wounded Wednesday at the party attended by hundreds of people. It was sponsored by a student organization but neither the shooter nor the victims were students at USC.

The felony complaint said the shootings were committed for the benefit and at the direction of a criminal street gang. Simmons declined to comment on whether his client was a gang member.

Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba set his preliminary hearing for Dec. 6. If convicted, Spencer could face a life in prison.

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