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Arraignment postponed for two charged in Halloween shooting

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A Los Angeles judge Monday postponed the arraignment of two men charged in the fatal Halloween shooting of a five-year-old boy in his trick-or-treat costume. They’ll now be in court on Nov. 19 to enter pleas on murder charges. The suspects remain in custody on $4 million bail.

Marcus Denson, 18, and 21-year-old Leonard Hall Jr. each face one count of murder.

LAPD detectives say the men are members of the Kitchen Crips, an offshoot of the infamous Crips street gang. They were arrested last week - days after someone shot 5-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. in the head.

He was in the backyard of his grandfather’s South LA home near Central and Manchester, showing off his Spiderman Halloween costume.

Denson and Hall are also charged with attempted murder; that’s because bullets struck the grandfather in the wrist and the boy’s uncle in the leg. The shooting was apparently part of a turf war between factions of the Crips and the Bloods. Police say the Shannon family has no ties to gangs.

The LAPD said last week that dozens of callers offered tips that led investigators to Denson and Hall; they were spurred on in part by a $100,000 reward from the City and the County of Los Angeles.