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from the AFP –

Five homeless shot dead in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Five homeless people — three men and two women — were found shot dead on Sunday in Los Angeles area, a police spokesman said.

The five bodies were found under two major highways north of Long Beach, 50 kilometers south of Los Angeles, said police sergeant Dina Zapalski.

She said police were alerted to the apparent murder victims by an anonymous caller Sunday morning. She offered no additional details about the grisly discovery.

“There’s two female adults and three male adults,” said Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

“All of the deceased appeared to have been shot, and we are conducting an investigation into their identity,” he said, adding there were “bits and pieces of information” that provided some clues.

Several homeless people have been attacks these past few months in the Los Angeles region, a city of 10 million inhabitants where some 73,000 homeless people are estimated to be living.

In September, a homeless person was doused with gasoline and set alight until he burned to death.

In July 2007, three teenagers were arrested for allegedly attacking several homeless persons and posting footage of the attacks on the Internet.

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