Man Accused of Hurting Girl in Shootout Surrenders

A man charged with wounding an 8-year-old girl during a shootout with Los Angeles police has surrendered at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Los Angeles police say 19-year-old Jovan Lara turned himself in to Border Patrol agents in San Ysidro. He was transferred to Los Angeles, where he pleaded not guilty yesterday to seven felony counts, including attempted murder.

Police say Lara and another drug suspect were being followed by police in an unmarked car on March 8 when Lara got out of his car and shot at the undercover officers. The girl was hit in the chest by a stray bullet as she played in front of her home near downtown. Police say she is still recovering.

Another defendant, Martin Salazar, pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

If convicted, both men could face life in prison.

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