Los Angeles authorities believe a serial killer responsible for the murders of three homeless people is on the loose.
Los Angeles police have launched a major investigation into a suspected serial killer who shot and killed three homeless people in three separate attacks across the city. Police said the murders all happened in the early morning hours over several days in November.
The first murder occurred around 3 a.m. on Nov. 26 in an alley in southeast Los Angeles. Police identified the victim as Jose Vamos, a 37-year-old man.
The second murder occurred around 5 a.m. on Nov. 27 in the Central District. The victim was identified as 62-year-old Mark Diggs.
The third incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on November 29th. The victim is believed to be a 52-year-old man.
“Everyone was shot while they were sleeping or getting ready to go to bed,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said.
The Los Angeles Police Department will increase patrols in areas where homeless people congregate.
The Los Angeles Police Department has set up a task force to track down serial killers.
moore Said“We are bringing in homicide detectives from across the city, we are bringing in additional investigators from the professions, and we are prepared to quickly process and analyze any forensic evidence that is collected as well. Please identify the person you believe to be responsible for these three murders.”
Moore noted that the LAPD has contacted law enforcement officials in neighboring cities to see if there have been similar murders.
“There are no unsolved murders outside of the city of Los Angeles,” Moore said. “Still, our efforts remain unsolved and work to identify whether there are other victims of shootings of people experiencing homelessness that may have some similarities to these murders. continues.”
“This is a killer preying on people who don’t have housing,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (D).
“Our message to the unhoused community is clear: Do not sleep alone tonight,” Bass advised. “Seek shelter, seek services, stay together, seek support. We need your help to get the word out.”
The Los Angeles Police Department released two photos. One is a photo of the suspect and the other is a photo of a dark-colored sedan believed to have been involved in the murder.
Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact the tip line at (213) 486-6890.
of Los Angeles Times According to the report, “The killings have raised new alarm over Los Angeles’ homeless community, which a tally completed earlier this year found to number more than 46,000 people. The city has struggled to provide housing for this population. , the results showed that the homeless population had increased by 10% from the previous year.”Last year. “
The paper noted that about 70% of the city’s homeless population is unsheltered.
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