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Bond set at $500K for 2 suspects in Sioux Falls shooting

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Bond has been set at $500,000 each for two men charged in the shooting of a 19-year-old woman at a Sioux Falls apartment.

Invetigators allege that Eugene Willis Garcia Jr., 25, fired a single gunshot in the direction of two men and a woman as they were leaving his apartment on Friday. The bullet struck the woman in the upper chest area, puncturing a lung, though Sioux Falls police said her injuries were not life-threatening, the Argus Leader reported.

Garcia and a second man, 20-year-old Kelvin Jonathan Santos, are charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault. Both men made brief court appearances Monday.

Lt. Galen Smidt said the victim is an acquaintance of Garcia and Santos but does not live in the apartment building.

The men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 6.

Both defendants have criminal histories, court records show. Garcia was sentenced in 2008 to five years in prison for federal crack cocaine charges. He also is on the sex offender registry for having sexual contact with a 9-year-old Minnesota girl when he was a teenager.

At the time of the shooting, Santos was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana, court records show.

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