2 men, 1 woman slain in Compton apartment

Posted on March 30, 2009. Filed under: California, mass murder |

COMPTON, California — Homicide detectives Monday were investigating the fatal shootings of two men and a woman in an apartment.Neighbors contacted authorities after hearing gunshots in the apartment about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao.

All the victims were declared dead at the scene. The apartment is behind several businesses on East Rosecrans Avenue.

Authorities did not immediately release the names and ages of the victims.

Judy Mock told KCAL-TV she was friends with one of the male victims and said he was not a gang member.

“I’ve been up all night crying and praying,” she said.

The killings stand in contrast to recent improvements in the violent crime rate in the 10 1/2-square-mile city in the south county area.

Its murder rate once made Compton to No. 1 on a list of the nation’s 20 most dangerous cities. But as of last month that rate had been cut by more than half, the lowest since 1985. More on Mercury News

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