Azusa police: Three persons found dead inside burning home were shot

AZUSA – The three people found dead inside a burning home in the 500 block of North Dalton Avenue on Thursday had been shot, authorities said Friday.

The names of the man and two women were not released, but friends and neighbors identified them as two sisters and their brother. They all lived in the home and were facing eviction, according to a friend.

“(Thursday), they were supposed to move out,” family friend Nola Dewester said.

The victims were all believed to be in their 40s or 50s, according to Azusa police and Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials.

“It appears they were victims of gunshot wounds to the upper body,” Azusa police Lt. Mike Bertelsen said.

Coroner’s investigators said they planned autopsies to determine the victims’ exact causes of death.

While the circumstances and motive in the killings remained under investigation, “there are no outstanding suspects related to this crime,” Bertelsen said.

Police recovered 12 rifles, 10 handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and several “suspicious incendiary devices” from inside the home, Bertelsen said.

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