LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles authorities are urging individuals experiencing homelessness to seek shelter as they believe a serial killer is targeting people sleeping alone outdoors. Three shooting murders occurred on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday in separate locations across the city. The victims, who were not near homeless encampments, were fatally shot by a lone suspect who approached them and then walked away. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a surveillance image of a potential suspect vehicle.
The suspect, described as a lone individual believed to be male, is still at large. Los Angeles Police Chief, Michel Moore, stated that it is early in the investigation but detectives believe the same person is responsible for all three murders. While the motive remains unclear, Moore emphasized that the three victims were targeted because they were sleeping alone while experiencing homelessness.
Echoing the urgent call for individuals to seek shelter, Mayor Karen Bass emphasized the city’s commitment to finding and holding the suspect accountable. “We will find you, we will catch you, and you will be held accountable,” she vowed.
Authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any information that could assist in tracking down the potential serial killer. As of now, there are no known eyewitnesses to the crimes. The LAPD has provided a map with the three locations of the murders, in the hopes that the public can provide additional information.
In the midst of an ongoing homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, this recent series of murders has heightened concerns for the safety and well-being of the city’s unhoused population. While the victims did not appear to have any commonalities beyond their experience of homelessness, the LAPD is working diligently to identify the suspect and bring an end to the lethal attacks.
With the call for individuals to come indoors and the assurance from city leaders that the perpetrator will be apprehended, authorities are focused on preventing further violence and ensuring the safety of all residents. The investigation is still in its early stages, and the LAPD encourages anyone with information to come forward and assist in this urgent matter.