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Three People Shot at a Burning Home in Hollywood [UPDATED]

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At least three people were shot at a burning home in East Hollywood today. [check for updates below]

Firefighters were dispatched to the burning home at 517 Harvard Blvd. just before 1pm this afternoon, according to City News Service. Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department told CNS that three people were transported to the hospital, but it's not clear what their injuries were.

There wasn't a suspect in custody, so firefighters had to fight the blaze at a distance. Neighbors were evacuated, but firefighters told the Los Angeles Times that the blaze didn't spread to nearby buildings.

A man named Gary who showed up to the scene told ABC 7 that he lived in the building with five roommates but wasn't having any luck trying to get in contact with them. The nearby Harvard Elementary School has been placed on lockdown but that was lifted at 2pm.

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UPDATE 4:05 pm: Police held a press conference today and said that two dead bodies were found in the burned-out home, and one was believed to be the gunman.

A resident of the home Gary Davidson spoke with reporters at the scene. He told them that the gunman was the ex-boyfriend of one of his roommates, CNS reported. He and his five roommates who lived together were a tight-knit group, he told ABC 7. "We all came out of bad situations and we found each other through mutual acquaintances," he told ABC 7. "We were more than roommates, we were family."

UPDATE 2:55pm: The Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that the victims taken to the hospital included one man and two women. The man was about 34 years old, and the women were about 38 years old. All of them were treated for gunshot wounds.

UPDATE: After firefighters knocked down the flames, a body was found at the rear door of the house, according to ABC 7.