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Police detain four in fatal Downey shooting rampage

October 25, 2012 |  4:40 pm

Downey shooting
Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's shooting rampage in Downey, which left three members of a family dead and two others injured, Downey police said.

“We have detained four people for questioning. We have not made an arrest yet,” Lt. Leslie Murray said in a brief interview at police headquarters.

No other details about the move were immediately available.

PHOTOS: Downey shooting rampage

Police initially said that they did not know the motive for the attack, but that it was "targeted" and "not a random act of violence."

One Downey city councilman told The Times it was a drug-related hit.

The violence unfolded Wednesday after 11 a.m. when, police say, a man entered United States Fire Protection Services on Cleta Street, where he shot and killed a man and a woman and wounded a second woman. The gunman then went to the home of the business owner, also on Cleta Street, police say; a woman there was shot and killed and her 13-year-old son wounded.

The gunman fled in a stolen black 2010 Camaro, which belonged to one of the shooting victims.

Witnesses described a bloody, chaotic scene.

The teenage boy who had been shot was screaming and wounded, said witness Grace Mendez, 33.

"He was screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God!'" Mendez said. "And then I saw that he was shot in the shoulder blade and stomach."

Police tried to help him, Mendez said, adding: "He had gone into complete shock." Witnesses saw another woman with a gunshot wound to her head.

Blanca Parker, who owns a nearby business, said she was at a loss for words.

"Everyone figured nothing bad would ever happen over here," Parker said.


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Photo: Flowers and votive candles are set up outside the Downey home of the owners of United States Fire Protection Services, a family business where a gunman killed two family members. A third relative was killed at the home. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press