Shooting Near California Homeless Encampment Kills Three People

Authorities in Southern California reported the murders of three individuals in a shooting that occurred over the weekend close to a homeless encampment.

A statement from the Downey police department said that officers were sent to a scene of a shooting along Interstate 105 in a dry riverbed just before 9 PM on July 6th.

Three males were discovered with gunshot wounds. A statement from the site confirmed that all three males had died. The police claimed that the attack seemed to have been an isolated occurrence, although it is yet unknown what caused it.

An investigation is underway into the attack. The killing happened in a community of about 14,000 people, roughly 25 miles south of metropolitan Los Angeles, near a homeless encampment, according to local media.

There have been no announcements on suspects or arrests as of July 7th.

Police are asking people to call 562-904-2386 to speak with Downey Detective Roberts if they have any information or Email him at [email protected].

Formal charges were filed against a suspect in the December 2023 murders of three homeless men in Los Angeles and a resident of San Dimas.

Jerrid Joseph Powell (33) was charged by District Attorney George Gascón of Los Angeles County with four counts of murder, one act of home robbery, and a single count of being a felon with a gun.  Powell is also facing special circumstances for committing murder during a heist.

When authorities linked Powell to the shooting deaths of three homeless men who were sleeping on the pavement, he was already in prison for the murder of a man in San Dimas during a follow-home invasion robbery.

He is facing charges related to the San Dimas murder for allegedly following Nicholas Simbolon (42), a county employee, from a West Covina charging station to his residence. After robbing and shooting him, he reportedly ran away from the scene, according to officials.