Gang Members Charged with Drive By Shooting

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Davion Ramal Douglas, Denzell Davon Hull, Ronzay Deshon Richards, and Ray Howard Patterson Jr., have all been charged in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a 1-year old girl in Compton last year.

Douglas was charged with one each of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, which also includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm which caused great bodily injury and death to the infant victim. He was also previously convicted of carrying a loaded handgun, not registered in 2009 and burglary in 2011.

Hull was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count each of murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, which also includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the commission of the crime. He was also alleged to have previously been convicted of second-degree robbery in 2010 and first-degree residential burglary in 2011.

Richards was charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, while the charging documents alleges that he had been previously convicted of first-degree burglary.

Patterson was charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact.

All four of the gang members are alleged to have committed crimes for the benefit of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members. Douglas and Hull, were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges, Richards pleaded not guilty, while Patterson is currently incarcerated in Nevada and has not been arraigned yet.

Douglas, Hull, and Richards allegedly drove through enemy gang territory on February 9th, 2016, and shot at a home in the 300 block of North Holly Avenue in Compton before fleeing the scene. The victim, Autumn Johnson, 1 years old, was struck by the gunfire and died later from her injuries. Patterson was made aware of the drive-by shooting immediately after incident.

Hull allegedly shot at a man less than two months later, who was sitting in his vehicle in Lynwood. Douglas, Hull and Richards are all scheduled to return to court on December 14th for a preliminary hearing setting in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch.Douglas faces a maximum possible sentence of 107 years to life in prison, while Hull faces 156 years to life, Richards faces 95 years to life in state prison, and Patterson faces up to seven years in state prison, if convicted.