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Downey triple murder suspect expected in court Monday

Downey Shootings

Erika Aguilar

The crime scene at a home in Downey where a shootings that killed three people and injured two took place on Cleta Street, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

The man suspected of shooting a family in Downey at its business and home, killing three people and injuring two others, could be arraigned this afternoon. 

Downey police arrested Jude Douglas Harris, 30, Friday after detaining him for questioning. Police say the man matched the description of the suspect, but they are still working on a motive.

On Wednesday morning, a gunman walked into a family-owned fire extinguisher business in Downey and opened fire, killing two people. Five minutes later, he shot a 13-year old boy and a woman at a house approximately two blocks away. The woman was pronounced dead at the house when authorities arrived.

“We do not believe that this was a random act of violence,” said Downey Police Lt. Dean Milligan on Wednesday.  “We do believe that for some reason this family was targeted.”  

A spokeswoman for the owners of the Downey business, United States Fire Protection Services, offered a possible motive. Spokeswoman Martha Zerehi said the family tried to sell a 2010 black Camaro on Craigslist. A purported buyer was told to meet the family at the business, said Zerehi, but when he arrived, he shot three people there, then forced a woman and the 13-year old boy to drive him to the house where the Camaro was. Zerehei said he then shot them, too. The suspect fled in the Camaro.

Police later found the stolen car in Los Angeles.

Douglas was booked into Men’s Central Jail Friday morning on felony charges. He is being held without bail. 



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