Investigations of Multiple Shootings Result in Three Suspects Charged With Murder; Fourth Charged With Attempt Murder

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Three individuals were arraigned, Friday, in connection with multiple gang related shootings. A fourth associate was also arraigned in connection with an incident that occurred in Los Angeles.

After a lengthy investigation, Homicide and Gang investigators with Directed Enforcement officers arrested Semaj Rashaad Harris and Deante McNeese on January 21, 2016. Sohntee Laray Webb was already in custody on unrelated charges.

On July 28, 2015, about 4:30 p.m., a no-hit shooting occurred in the 700 block of Washington Place. On August 24, 2015, about 9:30 p.m., a shooting occurred in the 500 block of East Burnett Street where a male adult sustained multiple gunshot injuries. Shortly before the last shooting, around 9:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East 16th Street regarding two pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle. Investigators determined the same suspects were involved in both incidents.

Two shootings resulted in the deaths of male adults. On September 7, 2015, around 9:51 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 400 block of West 5th Street, which resulted in the death of 34-year-old James Ratliff of Long Beach. On September 16, 2015, at approximately 12:49 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Chestnut Avenue, which resulted in the death of 24-year-old Rodrigo Perez Salazar of Long Beach.

Detectives presented their cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which resulted in the following charges being filed:

Semaj Rashaad Harris, 24 years old and a resident of Long Beach, was charged with two counts of murder, six counts of attempt murder, and one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling. Harris is being held in Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $7,050,000.

Deante McNeese, 22 years old and a resident of Long Beach, was charged with two counts of murder, six counts of attempt murder, and one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling. McNeese is being held in Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $7,050,000.

Sohntee Laray Webb, 24 years old and a resident of Palos Verdes, was charged with one count of murder, three counts of attempt murder, and one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling. Webb is being held in Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $4,050,000.

During the course of their investigation, Gang Investigation detectives were contacted by Los Angeles Police Department detectives regarding a gang-related no-hit shooting that possibly involved the same suspects. The incident occurred on July 1, 2015, around 1:30 p.m., in the area of West Pico Boulevard and South Vermont Avenue. In addition to Harris and McNeese, Long Beach investigators determined Traveon Miller was involved and arrest warrants for all three were issued. On January 25, 2016, Long Beach Police arrested Traveon Armando Miller, 24 years old and a resident of Long Beach, on the $1,585,000 arrest warrant for attempt murder. Miller was also arraigned today.

All four remain in custody and face multiple life sentences.

The investigations remain ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the two murders is urged to the Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anyone with information regarding the shootings is urged to call the Gang Investigation Section at (562) 570-7370. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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