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Domestic dispute behind East Hollywood shooting, police say

February 16, 2012 |  5:09 pm

Two dead in East Hollywood shooting, fire
Domestic violence is believed to have triggered an East Hollywood shooting that left two dead, including the gunman, and three others wounded, police said.

Lt. Andy Nieman of the Los Angeles Police Department said the shooter had a former relationship with a woman who lived at the home. She is among the three survivors, he said.

Police believe the victim whose body was found inside the burned-out home in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard is a man.

When authorities arrived at the scene about 12:40 p.m. in response to the shooting, the home was already engulfed in flames.

Nieman said several police and firefighters put themselves at risk of being shot or injured in the fire to help rescue the three survivors, who have only been identified as two 38-year-old women and a 34-year-old man.

"This is a tragedy for the neighborhood," Nieman said.

Police did not identify the alleged gunman or any of the victims.


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Photo: Two people -- a suspected gunman and a victim -- were found dead inside a burned home in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard in East Hollywood. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times