SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco medical examiner wheeled out the bodies of five people found dead Friday inside a home after what police said was a possible murder-suicide across the street from a private high school in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood.
A woman with access to the house discovered three of the bodies and called police shortly before 8 a.m., according to police spokeswoman Cmdr. Lyn Tomioka.
When officers arrived, they found a total of five dead adults — three women and two men. Tomioka said at least four of the victims were related, and investigators were looking into the identity of the fifth.
At least two of the victims were shot, and investigators were still looking into how the others died, Tomioka said.
"It's kind of frightening. It's usually quiet over here," said Mark Wong, 45, who lives on the next block. "Nothing like this has ever happened before."
The neighborhood in the southern part of the city is home to Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Francisco's City College, in addition to a thriving immigrant community, largely from Asia.
Tomioka stopped short of confirming it was a murder-suicide but said no suspects were being sought outside the home.
"We do not believe we have a suspect at large," she said. "We do believe at this stage that this incident is specific to this address."
The medical examiner was expected to release the identities after removing the bodies from the residence.
Mayor Ed Lee called the incident a terrible tragedy.
"As the San Francisco Police Department thoroughly investigates this incident, I extend, on behalf of the city, our support and sympathy to all family members and friends of the victims involved in this crime," Lee said in a statement.
The woman with access to the house first came upon the carnage when she found one man shot to death in the foyer by the front door, Police Chief Greg Suhr said. She then saw a man and a woman dead in the garage before running out and calling police, he said.
Police later found two more female victims in the back of the home, Suhr said.
Investigators believe all of the victims lived in the orange, two-story home in the Ingleside District.
Rick Moody, 50, who lives across the street, said his wife heard some shouting late at night.
"We're surprised that it happened in our neighborhood," he said. "This area is very safe."