Anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts pleads not guilty in shooting at Boys and Girls Club in Denver

Roberts charged with attempted murder, assault

DENVER - The anti-gang activist accused of shooting a reputed gang member in the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club in Park Hill in September pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

Terrance Roberts, 37, is accused of shooting Isaiah Hasan Jones multiple times, including at least once while Jones was lying motionless on the ground.

Roberts told witnesses that he was defending himself, according to a probable cause statement obtained by 7NEWS.

Roberts had a semi-automatic handgun and told suspected gang members gathered in the parking lot for a community rally, "I had to shoot that (N word). He pulled a knife on me … all you would have shot him, too," according to the affidavit.

Jones' uncle, Jabulani Abdalla, says his nephew was shot five times -- once in the back, once in the side and three times in the stomach.

Jones survived the shooting but family members said in October that he may be paralyzed.

Roberts posted $100,000 bond, and was released from jail.

He's been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Roberts, who at one time was in a gang himself, served time for several felony convictions and cannot, legally, possess a gun.

He's due back in court May 19 at 8:30 a.m.

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