Firefighting

Police Say Downey Shooting Not Random

Downey (CA) police do not know why a gunman opened fire on a family that owned a local fire extinguisher company, killing three and wounding two others at their business and nearby home, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“Obviously, there’s a reason why this happened, we’re just trying to figure what that is,” Downey Police Lt. Dean Milligan said. “It’s not a random act of violence.”

Police said they have not had any reports of problems at the business, United States Fire Protection Services, and are trying to talk to friends and surviving family members.

They are also reviewing video footage from nearby businesses, including a Coca Cola plant across the street.

Police said they received their first 911 call at 11:12 a.m. from a cellphone caller at or near the business. Five minutes later, they received a second call from a home about a block away on Cleta Street.

A man and woman were found dead at the business, and a second woman was found dead at the home. Two others were wounded in the shooting and are being treated at area hospitals.

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