Suspect arrested in Downey shootings identified
The man arrested by Downey police Friday on suspicion of killing three people and wounding two in a shooting rampage this week has been identified.
Jade Douglas Harris, 30, was taken into custody Thursday and formally booked Friday morning on charges of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, according to a review of Downey Police Department records. Jail records show that Harris is being held in Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $1-million bail.
Harris is accused of shooting five people Wednesday morning at a business and a home on Clete Street. The dead have been identified by police as Josimar Rojas, 26; Irene Cardenas, 35; and Susana Perez-Ruelas, 34.
A family spokeswoman, Martha Zerehi, said the gunman responded to a Craigslist ad for a Chevrolet Camaro.
He drew a handgun and demanded the car, Zerehi said. The gunman was told that the car was not at the business but down the street at the family home. Perez-Ruelas and her son were ordered to drive the gunman in their truck to the home.
Once at the house, Zerehi said, he held a gun to the boy's head and threatened to kill him.
"Do you know how easy it is to kill you right now?" the gunman reportedly asked. Perez pushed the gun in an effort to save her son. He shot and killed her, then turned the gun on the boy.
At that point, Zerehi said, the boy pretended he was dead or unconscious. The gunman fled in the stolen Camaro, which police later found in Los Angeles.
-- Ruben Vives and Richard Winton in Downey, Wesley Lowery in Los Angeles
Photo: Flowers and votive candles are set up outside the Downey home of the owners of United States Fire Protection Services, a family business where a gunman killed two family members. A third relative was killed at the home. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press