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Downey Shootings Suspect Charged With Murder, Kidnapping

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DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — A man suspected of killing three people during a shooting spree at a business and home in Downey was charged with murder and other counts on Monday.

Jade Douglas Harris, 30, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges including 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 was arrested last Wednesday after the rampage that killed Josimar Rojas, 26; Irene Cardenas Reyes, 35; and Susana Perez Ruelas, 34.

He also faces special-circumstance allegations that make him eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek his execution.

Harris allegedly went to United States Fire Protection in Downey at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 24, after responding to an Internet advertisement for a vehicle for sale.

At the business, he allegedly shot and killed Rojas and Cardenas Reyes, along with injuring another woman.

Harris then allegedly forced Perez Ruelas to drive him and the boy to a nearby home where the vehicle was located. At the residence he shot Perez Ruelas and the boy. The 13-year-old survived.

The defendant was detained by Downey police on Oct. 25 and booked the following day. The District Attorney’s Office has asked that Harris be held without bail.

Harris’ arraignment was postponed until Nov. 28.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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