Four shot dead in "nice" California suburb - police

Mon Dec 3, 2012 8:30am EST

1 of 8. Los Angeles police and robbery homicide detectives investigate the shooting scene where four people were shot and killed in Northridge, California early December 2, 2012.

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(Reuters) - The bodies of four gunshot victims were found outside a single-family home being used as a boarding house in a normally peaceful suburb of Los Angeles early on Sunday morning, police said. No arrests had been made.

A person in a residential area of Northridge discovered the adult victims, two male and two female, on the west side of the multiple-resident home and called police around 4:30 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Terri Brinkmeyer.

"We are in the very early stages of the investigation. We have no suspect or sense of motive right now, none whatsoever," Brinkmeyer said.

Shootings are uncommon in the suburb in the San Fernando Valley region, she said.

"It's a nice, middle-class neighborhood," she said.

Homicide detectives were collecting evidence at the crime scene but were unable to determine the identity of the victims or specific details of the onslaught, Brinkmeyer said.

No weapon have been found in or around the "boarding house," Brinkmeyer said.

"The house is meant for a single family but has multiple people living there," Brinkmeyer said. She said she was unaware if that arrangement was legal.

At the time of the shooting there were several people inside the residence, police said.

"We have several witnesses who are going to be interviewed," Brinkmeyer said.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson, Additional reporting by Gene Blevins; Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Mohammad Zargham)

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jgo1961 wrote:
Northridge is not a suburb of Los Angeles. It is smack in the middle of the San Fernando Valley and is a part of the city of Los Angeles. I don’t understand why people can’t understand the simple geography of the second largest city in the US. Calling Northridge a suburrb of Los Angeles is like calling Rogers Park a suburb of Chicago or Queens a suburb of New York City. Check any map showing the boundaries of Los Angeles.

Dec 03, 2012 7:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
rolatvian wrote:
LAPD doesnt know if this was legal?
You will find immigrants(legal or otherwise)here.Some courts have ruled square-foot minimums DISCRIMINATION.Where you have packed parking in a “low-density”neighborhood,you can be sure a “boardinghouse or 2″is nearby.

Dec 03, 2012 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
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