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Teen in Vegas mall shooting may argue self-defense

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 17:48:52-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer says an 18-year-old will plead not guilty and may argue self-defense in a shooting that wounded three people last week at a Las Vegas Strip shopping mall.

Attorney John Turco said Tuesday that Christopher Valenzuela-Olivas posted $100,000 bail following a court appearance Monday but remained jailed while authorities arranged electronic home monitoring.

Valenzuela-Olivas is due again in court March 30 on attempted murder charges.

Turco denied his client is a gang member and said at least one punch was thrown before gunfire erupted during a dispute involving several people Jan. 21 at the Fashion Show Mall.