Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 | 6:30 p.m.
A man accused of shooting an 8-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Thursday in District Court.
Authorities have charged Carlos Reyes, 22, with firing the bullet that struck the boy in the chest as he was walking with his 13-year-old sister and three younger cousins to a nearby school playground in northeast Las Vegas.
Witnesses rendered aid to the boy on July 25 until he could be stabilized at University Medical Center.
Police said Reyes’ intended target was his cousin, Miquel Manzo, who was driving with a friend in the neighborhood on Kell Lane near Marion Drive.
Reyes confronted Manzo regarding drugs and money, and shots were fired between the Pontiac Grand Am Manzo was driving and the Ford Focus in which Reyes was a passenger in the backseat, police said.
Reyes told police Manzo shot first and he fired back in self-defense, according to court records.
A trial was set for Nov. 10 for Reyes on 13 charges, including three for attempted murder and five for child endangerment. He’s being held in the Clark County Detention Center on $214,000 in total bond.
The driver of the Ford, Jonathan Alday, was charged with 12 counts related to the shooting, including three for attempted murder. Alday, 20, has not been arraigned and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 17. He is being held on $380,000 in total bond.
A third man in the Ford traveled to Mexico and called police a week after the shooting to provide his story. He has not been charged.