4 bod­ies found out­side house

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Daisy nguyen

LOS AN­GE­LES — The bod­ies of four peo­ple who had been shot to death were found face-down Sun­day out­side a sub­ur­ban South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home that ap­par­ently served as an un­li­censed board­ing house, au­thor­i­ties said.

Los An­ge­les po­lice were seek­ing a mo­tive for the at­tacks at the house in Northridge, in the San Fer­nando Val­ley.

Lt. Terri Brinkmeyer said a 911 call led po­lice to the large house around 4:30 a.m., where they found the bod­ies on a side yard of the prop­erty.

The dead were two women in their mid-20s, a man in his mid-30s and an­other man in his late40s, Capt. Wil­liam Hayes said at a news con­fer­ence.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were ques­tion­ing sev­eral peo­ple who were on the prop­erty at the time of the shoot­ing, but no one has been de­tained or ar­rested. Hayes said no weapon was found at the scene.

Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil­man Mitchell Eng­lan­der, who rep­re­sents the area, said the house was split into sev­eral units for rent. He said at least a dozen peo­ple lived in the house, which con­tained sev­eral bed­rooms, kitch­enettes and mat­tresses on the floor.

“It ap­pears from the na­ture of things that this was an un­li­censed board­ing fa­cil­ity,” Eng­lan­der said from the crime scene. He noted that one bed­room was only ac­ces­si­ble through a win­dow.

The house was on street lined with houses, schools and places of wor­ship.

“This is a very safe neigh­bor­hood. This type of thing doesn’t nor­mally hap­pen here,” Eng­lan­der said.

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