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Family members killed in S.F. home were targeted, police say

San Francisco police are still trying to determine exactly what happened inside a home where five members of a family were killed Friday but said the killer is not at large and that the victims were targeted.

Although police have stopped short of calling the case a murder-suicide, they emphasized that the crime at 16 Howth St. was an isolated incident. Medical examiners are trying to determine the causes of deaths and make identifications.

"There is not a murderer on the loose that we are concerned for the public safety of the residents of San Francisco," police Commander Lyn Tomioka told KGO-TV.

At least two of the victims appear to have been fatally shot.

But “there’s no danger to public safety,” San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Esparza said the bodies of the three women and two men were discovered about 7:45 a.m. Friday by a woman who may also be a family member.

Medical examiner's investigator Charles Cecil said the bodies had been transported to the examiner’s office by about 3:30 p.m. Friday. He said an examination probably would take place Monday and provided no additional details on the causes of death.

Esparza said authorities got a call from a woman with access to the house, which is feet away from a private high school and the city college. On arrival, she found a man dead in the foyer. She then found two additional bodies in the garage.

“Then she ran out of the house,” Esparza said. “It’s pretty traumatic.”

When authorities arrived, they discovered the other two bodies in the back of the house.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee weighed in Friday, calling the incident “a terrible tragedy.”

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