5 Found Shot to Death in California Homeless Camp
The Associated Press reported via the New York Times that five people were found fatally shot Sunday in a Southern California homeless encampment, police said.
Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said police received an anonymous call Sunday morning and went to an area between several Long Beach commercial buildings and freeway ramps. There they found five dead adults, all gunshot vitims.
Neither a motive nor a suspect has been has been identified. Coroner's investigators were dispatched to the scene to identify the victims and determine how long they had been dead, Luna said.
Several detectives searched the area for evidence.
''Because of the rains last night and the heavy foliage in the area where the crime occurred, the investigative process will be slow and methodical,'' Luna said.
Though the victims were originally described as homeless, officials say that has not yet been confirmed.
Police are also trying to find the person who called in with the tip.
''That's a piece of the puzzle that we're trying to figure out,'' Luna said. ''We're hoping that person comes forward and tells us, 'This is what I saw or heard.'''
''The way they were situated, it was perfect in that no one can find the crime scene or see it,'' he added.