LOS ÁNGELES – A teenage girl was shot dead at the scene of a fire early Tuesday, authorities said. A suspect was arrested after being immolated for two hours inside the burning house south of downtown Los Angeles.
Firefighters heard gunfire after rapidly knocking down the flames in the two-story structure around 4:30 a.m. in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood, fire department officials said. CBS Los Angeles reports that firefighters were forced to cover themselves behind a fire truck.
Police and bailiffs installed a perimeter and evacuated nearby houses during a confrontation with the suspect.
Police told CBS Los Angeles that the victim was a 16-year-old girl. The suspect was placed on a stretcher around 6:30 a.m. with a self-inflicted bullet wound.
There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or to the police officers.
Four adults and one child were displaced by the fire, and the American Red Cross was sent to help them, according to fire officials.
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