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4 found shot dead at California home

A police official removed the body of a shooting victim from the crime scene in Northridge, Calif.

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A police official removed the body of a shooting victim from the crime scene in Northridge, Calif.

LOS ANGELES — The bodies of four people who had been shot to death were found face-down Sunday outside a suburban Southern California home that apparently served as an unlicensed boarding house, authorities said.

Los Angeles police were seeking a motive for the attacks at the house in Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley.

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Lieutenant Terri Brinkmeyer said a 911 call led police to the large house around 4:30 a.m. Commander Andrew Smith said the bodies of two men and two women were found face-down on a side yard of the property.

Investigators were questioning several people who were on the property at the time of the shooting, but no one has been detained or arrested.

Mitchell Englander, a Los Angeles city councilor 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.

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