Murder charges filed against man in Calif shooting

Associated Press

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors on Monday filed murder, attempted-murder and other charges against a 30-year-old man for a shooting last week that killed three people and wounded two others at a fire extinguisher business and a nearby home in suburban Downey.

Jade Douglas Harris was charged 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.

Prosecutors also alleged four so-called special circumstances: 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 case could lead to the death penalty if Harris is convicted, but the district attorney's office said in a statement that prosecutors had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Arraignment was set for Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors said Harris went to the business in response to an Internet ad offering a car for sale. A man and woman were fatally shot there and another woman was wounded.

Harris is alleged to have then forced another woman to drive him and a boy to the nearby home where the car was located. That woman was fatally shot there and the boy was wounded.

The district attorney said Harris has felony convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

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