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Downey gunfire kills homeowner, wounds suspect

November 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Downey Police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home on the 9300 block of Gainford St. around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Officers discovered two gunshot victims at the residence. The homeowner, Hermilio Franco, 53, was found shot to death. A second man, believed to be a home-invasion robbery suspect, was wounded at the scene. He was taken into custody and hospitalized in serious condition. He was expected to survive his injury.

"Officers arrived and were met by family members who exited the residence and said there was people inside," said Downey Police Lt. Phil Rego. "The officers entered the residence and found one person deceased."

Police think Franco interrupted a home-invasion robbery and a shootout ensued.

A second suspect is wanted in the incident.

Downey Police called for assistance from the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. SWAT team as they searched the area Wednesday morning for the second suspect.

The suspect remained at large Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Sam Gatfield at (562) 904-2391, or Detective Maria Villegas at (562) 904-2324; or Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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