Murder Charges Filed in Downey Shooting Deaths

Jade Douglas Harris was arrested last week in connection with the shooting deaths of three people


The man accused in a shooting rampage that left three people dead in Downey was charged Monday with capital murder.

Jade Douglas Harris, 30, was arrested Thursday and booked into Men's Central Jail. He was one of four people detained for questioning Thursday in connection with the Wednesday shooting deaths.

Three of the four people were released.

Harris was charged Monday with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping for carjacking, three carjacking counts, two kidnapping counts and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harris wore a blue jail jumpsuit and was shackled in handcuffs as he sat in a courtroom with his head hung. He only looked up when he told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debra Cole-Hall that he understood his rights to delay his arraignment until Nov. 28.

The criminal complaint includes four special circumstances allegations -- murder while lying in wait, murder in the commission of a kidnapping, murder in the commission of a carjacking and killing a witness to a crime. The special circumstances allegations make Harris eligible for the death penalty, if convicted, but the District Attorney will not decide whether to pursue the death penalty until the case nears a trial date, according to a statement from the DA's office.

Police identified the victims in the shooting rampage as Josimar Rojas, 26 of Downey; Irene Cardenas-Reyes, 35, of Cudahy; and Susana Perez-Ruelas, 34, of Downey. Rojas and Cardenas were employed at a family business, United States Fire Protection Investigators, at which one of the shootings occurred.

Harris went to the business in response to an online advertisement for a vehicle for sale, then shot and killed Rojas and Cardenas-Reyes, according to the DA's office. Another woman was wounded in the shooting, according to prosecutors.

He allegedly forced Perez-Ruelas to drive him to the residence, where the car was located. He shot her and a 13-year-old boy at the residence, according to the DA's office.

The boy, 13, survived.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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