(CNS) The names of the two women and two men shot to death over the weekend at what may have been an unlicensed boarding home in Northridge were subject to a security hold today.
The hold placed by the Los Angeles Police Department means the names cannot be released to the public even if the victims' families have been notified, coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.
No one was in custody today in connection with the slayings, said Sgt. Paul McLaughlin of the LAPD's Devonshire Station. Police found the four victims face down in a side yard at a two-story
home on Devonshire Street, where neighbors said a large number of people were renting rooms. Police Capt. William Hayes said it was not known if the victims actually lived there or what their relationships were, if any.
The victims were all believed to be of Asian descent, said Officer Cleon Joseph, a department spokesman. The dead women appeared to be in their 20s, one of the men was in his 30s and the other, in his 40s, Joseph said. Hayes said witnesses heard yelling and screaming followed by gunshots around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers were dispatched to a multi-family housing complex in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street and found the four fatally wounded victims. Hayes said there were eight or nine people inside the dwelling at the time of the shooting. No weapon was recovered, police said.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area and is a reserve LAPD officer, told the Los Angeles Times that police believe the slayings weren't a random act. He said the property was an unlicensed boarding home but had not been a problem location for police.
Englander said about a dozen people were believed to have been living in the home in conditions he described as "deplorable." Mattresses and makeshift kitchens were scattered about the house, he told The Times, and one room was accessible only by a window.