Alleged Gunman Faces Capital Murder Charges in Pasadena Killings

He is suspected of killing a woman inside a home, then killing two men outside and firing at officers before holing up back inside a house

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    John Izeal Smith, 44, is suspected of killing a woman inside a home, then killing two men outside and firing at officers before holing up back inside the house in the 1700 block of North Summit Ave. on July 12, 2014, police said.

    A man suspected of fatally shooting three people and barricading himself in a Pasadena home before calling 911 was charged Tuesday in connection with capital murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

    John Izeal Smith, 44, is suspected of killing a woman inside a home, then killing two men outside and firing at officers before holing up back inside the house in the 1700 block of North Summit Ave. on July 12, police said.

    Smith then called 911 and spent 25 minutes on the phone with a dispatcher who talked him into surrendering to police.

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    After going on a shooting spree Saturday that left three people dead, a man barricaded himself inside a home in Pasadena and called 911 to tell the dispatcher what he had done before surrendering to authorities 25 minutes later. Conan Nolan reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Pasadena Monday, July 14, 2014.

    A man was found dead inside the house, and a woman was found dead on the sidewalk, one with whom he may have had a landlord-tenant dispute. The third victim, a good Samaritan in his 20s, was shot and killed after running to help the man and woman, police said.

    The weapons -- two high-powered assault-style rifles and a semi-automatic pistol -- appear to have been purchased legally, police added.

    The victims were identified by authorities as 59-year-old Maria Teresa Aguiar, her 90-year-old father Luis Aguiar, 90, and Jose Uribe, 30.

    Smith faces three counts of murder as well as three counts of attempted murder, including the attempted murder of a police officer, DA officials said.

    Smith's arraignment was postponed until Aug. 7.

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