Accused daycare shooter pleads not guilty

Posted at 9:32 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 00:33:28-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The man accused of shooting into a home daycare appeared in court Thursday for the first time since his arrest. 

Gustavo Sepulveda faces 23 different counts. They range from one premeditated attempted murder charge to seven counts child endangerment. The judge also issued protective orders for everyone inside the daycare at the time of the shooting, including the children. 

Police say Sepulveda shot into his ex-girlfriend's home while the children were inside. He's also accused of starting several fires inside the home. 

The children were unharmed, another daycare employee rushed them into a bathroom inside the home. The daycare owner grabbed her own gun and fired it at Sepulveda in self-defense. 

Sepulveda's lawyer asked the judge to set his bail at a million dollars, but the judge set it at $5 million dollars. 

Sepulveda is due in court again on October 16 for a readiness hearing. If convicted of the premeditated attempted murder charge he faces life in prison.