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Gunman remains at large in Downey slayings that targeted family

October 25, 2012 |  7:05 am

Downey police on Thursday morning were still searching for the man they believe shot five members of a family, three fatally, and then fled in a 2010 black Camaro he stole from one of the victims.

The shooting started about 11:12 a.m. Wednesday at the family's business, United States Fire Protection Services, where authorities responding to an emergency call discovered a man and a woman dead and another woman wounded. 

Five minutes later, police received a second call, this one from the business owner's home about two blocks away in the 8500 block of Cleta Street, where they found another woman dead and a 13-year-old boy who was seriously wounded.

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

"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.

"We haven't located the car yet," McCaster said, adding that authorities believe that may be because the suspect either ditched the automobile or is still fleeing in it. The Camaro's license plate number is 6LEA010, officials said.


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