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Boarders lived in filth at LA home where 4 shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A home where four people were found fatally shot on the front lawn was an overcrowded, unlicensed boarding house where residents lived in filth, city officials and police said.

Police remained quiet Monday regarding possible suspects or motives and withheld the names of the two men and two women shot a day earlier, three of them apparently at close range.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area, toured the house and said it was split into units for rent, including makeshift living spaces in the backyard.

He said it appeared to be operating as an unlicensed boarding house with at least a dozen and as many as 17 people living amid old food, trash, mattresses and animal waste.

“What lies behind those doors are deplorable living conditions that you wouldn't expect animals to live in,” Englander told KPCC radio.

Police questioned several people who were on the property at the time of the shooting, and believe at least some of the victims lived at the residence and may have been related.

But police said they hadn't had recent calls from the house in the San Fernando Valley.

“This wasn't a problem location for us in general,” said police Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

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, police said. Three of the bodies were found face-down.

“There were two on the sidewalk path,” Englander told KPCC. “The first victim was crouched over and the second was a little beyond that.”

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.

No one has been detained or arrested. Authorities don't have a description of the suspect and no weapon was found at the scene.

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