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Friday, March 23, 2012

Family Found Dead in House Near City College This Morning in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

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(Update 1:27 p.m.): Cmdr Lyn Tomioka gave reporters an update on the tragedy, saying four of the five victims are definitely related, and the fifth victim is probably an acquaintance. She would still not confirm that the shooting was a murder-suicide, but noted that they are not looking for any suspects, and nobody is in custody. "At this point in the investigation, we believe everyone involved in the situation is still inside the residence," Tomioka said.

Update (12:25 p.m): SF Weekly Staff Writer Albert Samaha talked to one neighbor who would not give her name, but said she saw an older woman leave the house, crying this morning, and another male run out of the house, screaming "They killed my brother." Another neighbor, Annette Labadores,

mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> told Samaha that she was eating breakfast with her son when she heard two gunshots.

(Update, 11:55 a.m.): Police have blocked off the area from Ocean to Geneva Avenues while they investigate a violent scene where at least two people were found shot to death.

Police found a total of five bodies -- three females and two males, all of whom are Asian -- though they could not confirm their identities. Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters that they are still trying to figure out what happened, and whether all five people were killed. He did say the scene appeared "violent," but he would not discuss whether there were signs of struggle, nor could he confirm that it was a murder-suicide.

(Original story, 9 a.m.): Police are saying that a family was found dead inside a house this morning near City College. According a police source, a 12-year-old girl with her grandmother found the girl's parents, her brother, and her brother's wife shot to death inside the house.

Two of the bodies were found in the garage, and police say they were victims of a homicide. Police are reporting a total of five people dead in what could be a murder-suicide, according to the Chron.

Details are scarce, but officers at the scene are telling reporters that the deaths were reported at 7:47 a.m. on the 16 Howth Street.

Police have closed the street to all traffic, and investigators are examining the

inside of an orange, two-story home on Howth, the Chron reports.

No more information was given at this time, but check back for updates.

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