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Marvin Jake Ware, 25, of East Palo Alto faces murder conspiracy charges for a gang-related shooting on Highway 101 in Belmont.

REDWOOD CITY -- Three suspected East Palo Alto gang members in September tailed a rival from his mother's Alameda County home to Belmont before opening fire on Highway 101, wounding him and another man, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Raymond Bradford, 27, and Marvin Ware, 25, both of East Palo Alto, didn't enter a plea Monday at their first San Mateo County Superior Court hearing on the charges. They're accused of a murder conspiracy for the Sept. 30 shooting, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life behind bars, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

It doesn't appear one incident in particular led Bradford, Ware and co-defendant Eric Valencia Vargas, of East Palo Alto, to wait for the rival gang member outside his mother's home, Wagstaffe said. Rather the violence was part of an ongoing feud.

Bradford was already behind bars for his alleged role in a thwarted North Fair Oaks jewelry store robbery when he was charged in connection with the shooting, and Ware was arrested Friday. Vargas was taken into custody in December.

Wagstaffe said the trio learned the home address of the rival's mother and waited there for him. When the unnamed man drove away from the house with a friend and a woman, Ware, Vargas and Bradford allegedly tailed them over the San Mateo Bridge to Belmont. The attackers allegedly pulled alongside the rival and left loose about a dozen shots from their car into his.

The woman, who was from Santa Cruz, wasn't wounded, but the rival and the driver were both wounded by the gunfire. They were rushed to the hospital and survived their injuries, Belmont police said.


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After the shooting, the victims' car veered off the road in San Carlos and crashed into some bushes.

The defendants were being held without bail at San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.