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Gunman, 4th victim might be inside burned East Hollywood home

February 16, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Burned East Hollywood home
A SWAT team is preparing to go into an East Hollywood house that was the site of a fire and multiple-victim shooting Thursday to search for the shooter or a fourth victim who may be inside, authorities said.

Fire officials declared a knockdown of the fire in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard at 3:15 p.m. after 151 firefighters spent 2 1/2 hours battling the flames.

Three shooting victims -- two approximately 38-year-old women and a man man about 34 years old -- were retrieved from the front entry area of the house. All had suffered gunshot wounds to the upper torso and were taken to a local hospital in serious condition, but police said the victims were conscious and able to communicate with officers.

The fire was burning in the back of the house. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Capt. Jaime Moore said because the fire was so severe, "the chances of someone surviving is absolutely zero."


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Photo: Scene of the East Hollywood shooting and fire. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times