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Police still seeking suspect in deadly Downey shooting rampage

October 25, 2012 |  1:10 pm

More than 24 hours after the attack, Downey police continue to search for the man they say gunned down five family members -- killing three and wounding two -- in what a city official described as a drug-related hit. 

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 suspect then went to the home of the business owner, also on Cleta Street, where a woman was shot and killed and her 13-year-old son was  wounded.

The suspect then fled the scene in a black 2010 Camaro, with the license plate 6LEA010, which belonged to one of the shooting victims.

PHOTOS: Downey shooting rampage

The L.A. County coroner's office said the two women killed were both in their 30s. The man killed was in his 20s. The names of the victims will not be released until officials notify the next of kin.

Downey police insisted Wednesday night that the shootings were not random and that the family had been targeted. A city official told The Times that the shootings were drug-related.

Police say all of the shooting victims were related and the coroner's office said all three who were killed were Hispanic.

Police are reviewing surveillance tape from area businesses, including the Coca Cola plant across the street from the fire extinguisher company.


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