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Man pleads not guilty to murder in Lincoln Park shooting

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 19:37:47-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who allegedly gunned down another man during an altercation in Lincoln Park pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.

Michael Ortiz, 31, is accused in the Nov. 7 killing of 25-year-old Eziquio Ruiz-Saucedo of National City.

Ortiz faces 50 years to life in state prison if convicted of murder and an allegation of discharging a firearm in the killing.

Police received reports just after 9 that night of gunshots fired in the parking lot of a shopping center at 300 Euclid Avenue, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said. According to the lieutenant, the men were involved in a physical fight and at some point, a handgun was brandished and both men were shot.

At Ortiz's arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Dort alleged that Ortiz brought a gun to ``what was probably going to be a fistfight.'' The prosecutor said Ortiz was shot with the same gun used to shoot the victim, but did not elaborate on how that occurred.

Ruiz-Saucedo died at the scene, and Ortiz was hospitalized with non- life-threatening injuries, police said.

Ortiz was being held on $1 million bail and his next court date is a Jan. 12 status conference.