Suspected gang member charged with the murder of USC jazz student Victor McElhaney

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A suspected gang member has been charged with the murder of a USC student who was slain during an attempted robbery in March, according to authorities.

Police say 21-year-old Victor McElhaney was gunned down about a mile from the campus at a convenience store. McElhaney was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Prosecutors are charging Ivan Hernandez with one count of murder while being an active member of a criminal street gang. That makes him eligible for the death penalty, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's office.

If convicted, Hernandez could face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A decision whether to seek the death penalty will be made at a later date.
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