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Gunman at large after shooting five people in Downey

October 24, 2012 |  1:08 pm

A man and a woman are dead in separate but related shootings that took place within minutes of each other in Downey, police said.

Authorities are trying to unravel events that led up to the shootings of five people on on Cleta Street.

Lt. Dean Milligan said police received their first 911 call at 11:12 a.m. from a fire protection business. Five minutes later, they received a second call from a home about a block away.

When authorities arrived, they found a woman dead at the house and a man dead at the business. Three other people were shot -- it's unclear where they were injured -- and taken to hospitals either by paramedics or friends.

One victim was able to describe the shooter. Police said they are searching for a 30-year-old black male about 6 feet tall and 230 pounds. He is believed to be driving a carjacked 2010 black Chevy Camaro with the license plate 6LEA010 in which he fled.

The car belongs to one of the victims or a family member, Milligan said.

Police said they initially feared a 4-year-old child was kidnapped or missing, but he was found unharmed at a nearby school.


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