Two Van Nuys men were each charged Tuesday with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a gang gun battle that earlier this month left three teen-agers injured, one having to have his left leg amputated, police said.
Enrico Tolentino, 18, and Cloyd Reyes, also 18, both pleaded not guilty to the charges in Van Nuys Municipal Court.
The two men and eight juveniles, all age 16 or 17, are accused of firing at a carload of unarmed rival gang members.
The juveniles were arraigned Friday on similar charges in San Fernando Valley Juvenile Court in Sylmar. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bill Ryder said fitness hearings will be held for some of the juveniles to determine if they can be tried as adults.
Los Angeles Police Detective John Edwards said the attack was apparently an escalation of an incident that occurred between members of the rival gangs at James Monroe High School in late June.