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Police believe East Hollywood gunman may have killed himself

February 17, 2012 |  1:39 pm

Firefighters inspect remains of East Hollywood fire

Police believe that a man suspected of shooting four people, one of them fatally, at an East Hollywood home Thursday before setting the house on fire probably then turned the gun on himself.

The man, whose name has not been released, was found dead in the home along with another man.

Three other people were wounded in the shooting and remain hospitalized.

PHOTOS: Flames engulf East Hollywood home, the scene of a shooting

About 150 firefighters battled the blaze in the back of the one-story, single-family home in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard for 2½ hours. Strong winds sent smoke billowing throughout the neighborhood as firefighters sprayed water from the ground and from the roof of an apartment building next door.

Maria Arguello, 60, who lives across the street, said she saw a young man with a ponytail, dressed in black and carrying a duffel bag before the shooting. He banged on the door of the house, then went inside, she said. Arguello said she heard gunshots shortly afterward.

Another neighbor, Andy Ulloa, said he watched as a man first argued with the residents, then began shooting, and finally quickly doused the house with an orange container of gasoline.

“It looked like he didn't care no more,” said Ulloa, 21. “He was really mad.”

Authorities have said the incident was the result of domestic violence, but have provided few other details. The gunman is believed to have had a former relationship with one of the residents of the home, who survived the shooting.


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Photo: Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters looking for hot spots Friday morning in the remains of a East Hollywood home where two people died and three were wounded. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times