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Man Who Allegedly Shot Girl Outside Aurora School Appears In Court

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Karina Vargas (credit: CBS)

Karina Vargas (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A man accused of shooting a 16-year-old girl right outside of her school was in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Luis Guzman-Rincon is accused of shooting Karina Vargas in December. Her injuries left Vargas paralyzed.

The detective who testified in the preliminary hearing said the shooting was gang-motivated and a possible retaliation for an incident that happened over the summer.

Guzman-Rincon is accused of shooting into a crowd outside Aurora Central High School from the back of a car on Dec. 6. Vargas was talking to a group of her friends when she was shot in the back.

The bullet lodged in Vargas’ spine paralyzing her from the bellybutton down.

In court Det. Gretchen Fronapfel testified a witness said the shooting was in retaliation. She said Guzman-Rincon was hit in the head with a brick over the summer by an Aurora Central student in a gang-related fight.

Guzman-Rincon’s defense attorneys say other witnesses say Guzman-Rincon was not the gunman. Guzman-Rincon’s home was searched after his arrest on Dec. 8. Police found ammunition, cleaning solution for firearms and an air pistol, but no evidence of the gun allegedly used.
space Man Who Allegedly Shot Girl Outside Aurora School Appears In Court

Guzman-Rincon faces 16 charges, including attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

The judge ruled there was enough evidence for a trial. Guzman-Rincon will be back in court June 27 for his arraignment. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.

Immigration Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Guzman-Rincon.

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