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L.A. Now Live: Police 'feverishly' hunt gunman in Downey shooting

Downey police said they worked through the night investigating leads that may help them identify and track down the man who shot five members of a Downey family, killing three of them.

"Right now, we don't have anybody in custody, but the investigators have been out all night ... following every lead they come across feverishly," said Downey police Sgt. Kevin McCaster.

Times reporter Wesley Lowery will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss the latest developments in the case.

The first sign of trouble came at 11:12 a.m., when a 911 call was received about a shooting at the family business, United States Fire Protection Services. When officers arrived three minutes later, they found a man and a woman dead and another woman wounded.

At 11:17 a.m., police received a second call from the home of the business owner, about two blocks away, in the 8500 block of Cleta Street. There, they found another dead woman and a wounded 13-year-old boy.

The boy told police he didn't recognized the gunman, who is believed to have fled in a 2010 black Chevrolet Camaro stolen from one of the victims, Milligan said. The shooter was described as 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and 230 pounds. He was last seen in the Camaro, which had the license plate 6LEA010.

Police said they believe the family was specifically targeted, but they are not sure why.

Downey Police Lt. Dean Milligan said words were exchanged at both the business and home.

"It's not a random act of violence," he said.

 
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