Five people were found shot to death early Sunday in a makeshift encampment covered by thick brush near a freeway in Long Beach, police said.
The crime upset neighbors and puzzled police, who had no suspects and struggled to comb the rugged terrain around the crime scene about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
An anonymous caller tipped authorities Sunday morning about a murder. Long Beach police arrived to find two women and three men, some with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.
“We don't know who did this, not yet at least,” Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said.
The five, pronounced dead at the scene, have not been identified. Luna said he did not know whether any of them were homeless or only visiting the encampment.
Residents in a nearby apartment complex said they heard several gunshots and shouting early Sunday morning.
“It was so many, it sounded like fireworks,” said Leticia Walker, 20, who said she was in her apartment about 12:15 a.m. when she heard the noise.