Three people are dead and two people were injured in a workplace shooting in Downey today, authorities told the Weekly.
Downey Fire Department paramedics responded to two locations on Cleta Street, one in the 8700 block and one in the 8500 block, sometime before noon and found three people dead on arrival, Battalion Chief Ed Haupt told the Weekly.
Two other victims …
… were hospitalized, he said.
Reports indicated at least one of the shootings happened at a fire protection business across from the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Downey.
We'll keep you updated.
[Added at 12:58 p.m.]:
Police told reporters at the scene, as broadcast by KCAL9, that the shootings happened about 11:15 a.m., one at United States Fire Protection, a fire extinguisher company, and another at a home related to the business about a block or so away.
Several reports now say only two are dead. We'll check that.
Cops say the shooter got away in a 2010 black Camaro with California plate number 6LEA010. If you see it, call 911.
The Downey Patriot is reporting that the shooting might have been drug-related.
Downey shooting: mom was kidnapped, fatally shot in front of her son, sources say. Son was shot in the arm.
— Downey Patriot (@DowneyPatriot) October 24, 2012
[Added at 1:08 p.m.]: Lt. Dean Milligan told reporters at the scene that two were confirmed dead.
[Updated at 3:12 p.m.]: Authorities now say that indeed three people are dead.
According to City News Service:
By mid-afternoon, police confirmed that two people died at the business — one male and one female — while another female victim was killed at the home.
Officials said the gunman first went into the business and opened fire, then went down the street to the home, which police said appeared to be a residence of either the business owner or relatives.
[Update at 4:58 p.m.]: Police told reporters at the scene that one of the victims was a 13-year-old boy who survived.
All victims family members including a 13 y/o boy was shot in arm at the home, now being treated at a hospital and interviewed by police.
— Erika Aguilar (@erikaaaguilar) October 24, 2012