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5 shot, 2 dead in Hawaiian Gardens rampage [Updated]

May 6, 2010 |  8:24 am

A man carrying an AK-47 rifle and a can of gasoline entered the Hawaiian Gardens home of his ex-girlfriend early Thursday and shot four family members -- two of them fatally -- before being shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy, officials said.

[For the record at 8:44 a.m.: A previous version of this post said the gunman was killed, but sheriff's officials have not confirmed that.]

The location of the killing. The ex-girlfriend and her 14-year-old brother were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's parents were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. Ten family members were in the house at the time.

Authorities said they believed the man was distraught after breaking up with his girlfriend and that he shot the family members and then attempted to burn down the home by pouring gasoline around the house.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy heard gunfire around 4 a.m. and went to the home in the 21000 block of Devlin Avenue, officials said. The gunman pointed his weapon at the deputy as he tried to flee.

The unidentified deputy fired twice, hitting the man in the body and head, officials said.

A neighbor about four houses away, 24-year-old Jose Rueda, said he was awake about 3:30 a.m. when he heard what sounded like rapid gunfire.

He said he heard a sheriff's deputy yell out, "Freeze!" and then heard three more shots. Others in his house were awakened by their dog's barking.

"I got freaked out," Rueda said.

A relative who lives in the home, 21-year-old Jessica Macias, said she and her 18-year-old sister were scared because they thought the gunman was going from house to house shooting people.

"Normally we hear about gangs coming in and shooting in the neighborhood,” Macias said. "This is the first time we heard about this kind of shooting."

"You hear about this all the time, crazy shootings, where innocent people get killed,” she added.

Residents said the neighborhood is normally quiet but has experienced gang problems.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Ruben Vives in Hawaiian Gardens

Map: The location of the killing. Click for the Times' Homicide Report interactive map and database.