Reported today in the L.A. Times, Five people were found shot to death early Sunday in a makeshift homeless encampment covered by thick brush near the 405 Freeway in Long Beach, police said.The crime upset neighbors and puzzled police, who had no suspects and struggled to comb the rugged terrain surrounding the crime scene near the freeway's intersection with the 710 Freeway. An anonymous caller tipped authorities Sunday morning about a slaying in an area near the 1500 block of West Wardlow Road. When Long Beach police arrived, they found two women and three men dead, some with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.One problem for investigators has been the encampment's terrain, which is tough to navigate because of heavy brush that was muddied by overnight rains. The vegetation is so thick that the encampment cannot be seen from a helicopter.
The homicides came three weeks after a homeless man was doused with gasoline and burned to death in a high-profile killing near 3rd and Berendo streets in L.A. that outraged his neighbors. The crime spree on our homeless is senseless, reach out to your loved ones.
Anyone with information about the slayings can contact Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244.