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Suspect in Downey Craigslist killings could face death penalty

October 30, 2012 |  7:31 am

Suspect Jade Douglas Harris remained in jail without bail Tuesday on multiple murder charges for his alleged role in a Downey shooting rampage last week that left three people dead and two wounded.

Prosecutors said Harris' spree began with a Craigslist ad a family had posted in an attempt to sell their Chevy Camaro. Harris, 30, apparently responded to the ad but then for reasons still unclear began the bloody attack that started at the family's business and ended at their home, authorities said.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's online inmate databank, Harris was still in jail Tuesday and there was no immediate possibility of bail.

PHOTOS: Downey shooting rampage

Harris, who has a long criminal history and is a known gang member, was placed on parole in July. Prosecutors said he went to United States Fire Protection Services, the family's business on Cleta Street on Wednesday in response to the Craigslist ad and ended up shooting and killing two employees, 26-year-old Josimar Rojas and 35-year-old Irene Cardenas Reyes, and seriously wounding Maria Fuentes, the mother of the business' owner.

Harris then allegedly forced the wife of the business owner, Susana Perez Ruelas, to take him and her 13-year-old son to their home nearby where the Camaro was parked. At the home, he killed Perez Ruelas and shot the boy, who reportedly played dead until Harris left.

Authorities said they were still trying to figure out why an apparent carjacking turned into such a violent rampage. Depending on the charges he might be convicted of, Harris could face the death penalty.


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