World Cup Party Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Daniel Gonzalez is accused of killing Josue Crook outside a National City restaurant

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     The suspect accused of fatally shooting a man outside a National City World Cup Party has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.

    On Thursday, a judge ordered that Daniel A. Gonzalez be held on a $2 million bond after he was arraigned on charges of murder and personal use of a firearm.

    Police say Gonzalez shot Josue Crook, 36, after a fight at the Rincon Del Mar restaurant spilled out onto the street on June 17. The restaurant had been hosting a party for the Mexico-Brazil World Cup game at the time, but it’s unclear if the fight had anything to do with the soccer match.

    Gonzalez also faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon against a separate victim.

    After National City Police identified Gonzalez as the lead suspect in the shooting, he was arrested in Tijuana on July 14 -- one reason his bail was set at $2 million.

    “Mr. Gonzalez was picked up in Mexico and brought back to the United States, and we believe that constitutes a flight risk,” said Deputy District Attorney David Grapilon.

    The defense did not dispute the bail amount at this time, but Gonzalez does deny all charges against him.

    He is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 5. If convicted on the murder and firearm charges, Gonzalez would be sentenced to a minimum of 50 years to life in prison.