Crime & Justice

Man charged with 3 murders in Pasadena rampage

John Izeal Smith, 44, is a suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Pasadena on Saturday, July 12, 2014, and the injury of two others. Smith called 911 to confess to the killings and to say that he wanted to surrender to police waiting outside a house in which he was barricaded, according to the Pasadena Police Department.
John Izeal Smith, 44, is a suspect in the shooting deaths of three people in Pasadena on Saturday, July 12, 2014, and the injury of two others. Smith called 911 to confess to the killings and to say that he wanted to surrender to police waiting outside a house in which he was barricaded, according to the Pasadena Police Department.
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A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena has been charged with three counts of murder.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Tuesday that 44-year-old John Izeal Smith also faces three counts of attempted murder.

Smith is accused of killing 90-year-old Luis Fernando Aguiar inside a house and 59-year-old Maria Teresa Aguiar outside the dwelling on Saturday. A neighbor, 31-year-old Jose Hernandez Iribe, was also fatally shot.

Two other people were grazed by bullets and shrapnel. One of the attempted-murder counts alleges an attempt to kill a police officer.

Investigators say Smith fired a total of 40 bullets. He was arrested after a 90-minute standoff.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty if Smith is convicted.