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Arrests made in shooting deaths of 2 Redlands teens

Quinn McCaleb, 17, (left) and Andrew Jackson, 16, were killed in a shooting in north Redlands on Jan. 5, 2011.

March 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Redlands police have arrested four suspects in a shooting that left two teens dead and two wounded more than a year ago.

Quinn McCaleb, 17, and Andrew Jackson, 16, were killed while visiting with friends at a play area inside the Cinnamon Creek Apartments in north Redlands on Jan. 5, 2011. Two other teens were seriously wounded and a third escaped unhurt.

Redlands police arrested 18-year-old Anthony John Legaspi, 22-year-old John David Salazar and 18-year-old Adrian Powers. They were charged with first degree murder and attempted murder. They were each held on $5 million bail. If convicted, each faces up to 220 years to life in prison.

The fourth suspect, 28-year-old Jose Lara, was charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder. He was being held on $2.5 million bail and faces up to 7 years behind bars.

Investigators said all four are documented gang members from Redlands.

"We did in the neighborhood of 250 interviews for this case," said Redlands police Chief Mark Garcia. "We served 50 search warrants in this case."

Redlands police would not comment on the motive for the deadly shooting.

Shanita Williams, McCaleb's mother, said she never gave up hope that the person responsible for gunning down her son would be found.

"I didn't know when, but I knew we would reach this point," Williams said. "I knew we would. I never gave up the faith. I never gave up hope we would be here."

Gail Howard, whose son survived the shooting, said she plans on being front and center at the murder trial once it begins.

"I will be there with bells on," Howard said. "I will be there."