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    Police responding to a report of a shooting in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street about 4:25 a.m. found the bodies of four people outside a boarding house in Northridge, Calif. today.

LOS ANGELES » Police are seeking a motive in the shootings of four people who were found in the yard of a suburban Southern California home that apparently served as an unlicensed boarding house.

Lt. Terri Brinkmeyer said a 911 call led police to the large house in Northridge around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, where they discovered the bodies on a side yard of the property. Three of the bodies were found face-down. They appeared to have been shot at close range.

The dead were two women in their mid-20s, a man in his mid-30s and another man in his late-40s, Capt. William Hayes said at a news conference. Their names were not released.

Police believe at least some of the victims lived at the residence and may have been related.

Investigators questioned several people who were on the property at the time of the shooting, but no one has been detained or arrested. Hayes said no weapon was found at the scene.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area, said the house was split into several units for rent. He said at least a dozen people lived in the house, which contained several bedrooms, kitchenettes and mattresses on the floor.

"It appears from the nature of things that this was an unlicensed boarding facility," Englander said from the crime scene. He noted that one bedroom was only accessible through a window.

The house in the San Fernando Valley was on street lined with homes, schools and places of worship.

"This is a very safe neighborhood. This type of thing doesn’t normally happen here," Englander said.


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