On Sunday morning, December 2nd, police were called to a home in Northridge when yelling and shots were heard. The incident took place at about 4:25 a.m. and authorities responded immediately to the 911 call that was made. When they arrived, they found four people lying dead outside one of the homes. They had all been shot and were lying face down. It is still unknown why the killings took place, but the authorities have stated that they do not believe it was a murder-suicide, but a quadruple homicide.
When investigators looked into the home where the shootings took place, they discovered more issues. It is believed that 17 people are living in the home, causing police to believe that an illegal boarding facility was in operation. Not only that, but the conditions found inside were said to be deplorable. A Los Angeles city councilman who examined the home described the conditions as "very filthy, unsanitary, unhealthy, and unsafe." One of the residents, however, has stated that living in this home has helped him stay off the streets. The owner of the home is not trying to make money, he is just helping people out. Other neighbors stated that they never noticed anything out of the ordinary regarding this home.
If someone is charged in connection with this homicide, they could be facing four murder charges. Murder is simply defined as the unlawful killing of a human. Depending on whether it is a first, second, or third degree charge, the penalties could include years in prison. As this case will involve four separate murder charges, if someone is arrested they could have up to four life sentences. For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our office.