Four of the five people found dead in a home near City College of San Francisco this morning are related, police officials said.

sfpd_crimescene.jpgFour of the five people found dead in a home near City College of San Francisco this morning are related, police officials said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the multiple homicides, which were reported at 7:47 a.m. at 16 Howth St. in the city’s Ingleside neighborhood.

Someone with a key, possibly a family member, entered the two-story home this morning and found three people dead, then called 911. Officers then arrived and found the three victims, and also found two others elsewhere in the home, police Cmdr. Lyn Tomioka said.

Police are still trying to determine how the victims, three women and two men, were killed but police Chief Greg Suhr said some were shot.

A man was found in the threshold of the home, while a man and woman were found in the garage, another woman was found upstairs and a third woman was found downstairs, Suhr said.

The identities of the victims, all of whom are Asian, have not been released, but Tomioka said this afternoon that four of them are family members.

The case is believed to be isolated to the house and there is no threat to the public, she said.

Tomioka said, “A loss of life of this nature is not good for the community” but said the neighborhood would heal with time.

A neighbor who declined to give her name expressed shock about the killings, saying she had lived in the area for more than a decade and that while the neighborhood used to be dicey, it had improved in recent years.

“There used to be all bars over the windows,” she said.

The medical examiner was at the scene this afternoon to examine the bodies, which were still inside the home, Tomioka said. Police have also contacted neighbors to see if they witnessed anything relevant to the case.

Howth Street remains closed between Ocean and Geneva avenues while police continue their investigation.

Mayor Ed Lee released a statement about the deaths this afternoon, calling them “a terrible tragedy.”

He said, “I extend, on behalf of the city, our support and sympathy to all family members and friends of the victims involved in this crime.”

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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