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At least 3 shot at East Hollywood home, house burns down; 2 bodies found in wreckage

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The East Hollywood that burned down where at least three people were shot, Feb. 16, 2012.

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The scene following a house burning down where at least three victims were shot in East Hollywood, Feb. 16, 2012.

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The scene near the house that burned down where at least three victims were shot in East Hollywood, Feb. 16, 2012.


At least three people were shot at an East Hollywood home, and a fourth victim was found dead inside. The house was engulfed in flame.

Once the fire department said the fire was out, officers went into the house and discovered the body of a male suspect who matched the description of the shooter, according to LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman. Additional searching led to finding another unidentified body who appeared to be male.

Authorities say a man and two women with gunshot wounds were rescued from the burning home at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and officers thought they saw a fourth victim inside. Those three victims were taken to a hospital in serious condition.

There was a relationship between the suspect and one of the victims taken to the hospital, and it may have been a domestic violence incident, according to Neiman.

Police looked for the suspect in the area as firefighters fought the house fire; there was initial concern that the suspect was on the loose. Authorities ran door to door evacuating neighbors.

Over 130 firefighters were on the scene, and around that number of police, Matt Spence from the L.A. Fire Department told KTLA. Firefighters could only fight flames from a distance initially because of fears about the shooter.

The fire gutted most of the home and a fire official says there's no chance anyone who may have been inside survived.

Gary Davidson, 27, received a call from a friend saying his apartment complex was on fire. He says everything he owns, besides the clothes off his back, was lost in the fire. Davidson also said he has no idea who would do this.

KTLA cameras zoomed out from the scene to try to avoid giving away police positions as police searched for the suspect.

The house was in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard. Nearby school Harvard Elementary was placed on lockdown earlier in the afternoon, but the lockdown was eventually lifted.

No gun or other weapon has been found yet.

This story has been updated.

With contributions by Paige Osburn

Mike Roe
Mike Roe, Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe is the lead writer for KPCC's pop culture blog, Without A Net. When he's not busy being a journalist, he writes and performs comedy around L.A.

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