LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The teen accused of shooting three people inside the Fashion Show mall Tuesday night made his first court appearance Thursday morning.
Christopher Valenzuela-Olivas, 18, who is facing three counts of attempted murder, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court. His bail was set at $100,000 and one of the conditions is that he must wear high-level electronic monitoring.
According to police, Valenzuela-Olivas was at the mall with a friend when he got into an argument with someone else and fire a gun several times. Bullets struck the person he was arguing with as well as two other bystanders.
John Turco, the defense attorney representing Valenzuela-Olivas told the judge the shooting happened in self-defense. He asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance, but the judge denied the request.
Turco denied that Valenzuela-Olivas is affiliated with a gang and described him as a good kid.
He is due back in court on Jan. 27.