Two suspects were in custody Oct. 16 following a mass shooting that killed three people and wounded 12 others in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s inmate records indicate Jamaican nationals 33-year-old Mowayne McKay and 25-year-old Deigo Reid were arrested Oct. 15 by homicide detectives. Reid was arrested at 2:50 a.m. and McKay was arrested at 4:50 a.m.
They were booked into the jail at the Los Angeles Police Departments 77th Street Station and were each being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Police said the men are suspect of murder. They’re acused of being involved in a shooting at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the area of Rimpau and Jefferson boulevards, where officers responded to a “shots fired” call at a birthday party attended by about 50 adults, said Lt. Chuck Springer of the LAPD’s Southwest Station. The party was taking place at a private residence that had been turned into a makeshift restaurant.
Investigators said it appears that a dispute broke out between one man and at least two other males, one of whom produced a handgun and fired it at the man. Immediately following that first shooting, several other shots were fired indiscriminately into the crowd, and there appeared to be some return fire from other party guests in the direction of the suspects, according to police.
The initial shooter, and at least one other suspect are believed to have fired into the crowd, and then fled on foot, investigators said.
A total of 15 people were shot, including nine males and six females.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced three victims dead at the scene, including the man who was originally engaged in the argument with at least two other males.
According to an anonymous source, Mrs. X, Robert ‘Rodigan’ Davis, a major Jamaican shot caller was murdered during the shootout and believes the incident was the result of a drug deal gone bad which resulted in the loss of a substantial amount of dope and/or revenue.
X goes on to say the shooting may start a series of new gang wars in Jamaica, as Davis as a major player with the “Rat Bat” gang organization, and their rivals the “Raspberry” gang.
Seemingly corroborating the story, this week the Jamaica Observer reported in its newspaper that the Jamaican government is appealing for calm following the shooting death of Davis.
In a news release, the Jamaican Police High Command said they have intelligence that there is now serious tension that threatens the recently attained peace in a number of communities in Western Kingston and St. Andrew South Divisions.
The Observer reports that Aaron “Birdie” Thompson (leader of the Raspberry gang), who also resides overseas, is responsible for Davis’ death.
LAPD detective Rick Gordon was asked if the LAPD, FBI, and the Jamaican government were working together on these homicides. He responded that they are working with anyone with information regarding the case, verified that Davis was one of the victims and that there is an assumption that there will be retaliation. Gordon would not confirm or deny that these homicides were the result of a drug deal gone bad.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division have asked for the public’s help in the investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives David Dilkes or Isidro Soto at (323) 786-5110.