Arrest Made in Mass Murder Case: SFPD

"It was a very violent homicide scene, as most homicide scenes are, but this was made more complicated by the number of victims," Police Cmdr Lyn Tomioka said.

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    San Francisco Police are still investigating what happened at an Ingleside home where five people were found dead on Friday. At first they said it wasn't a homicide, now they're not sure. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports. (Published Sunday, Mar 25, 2012)

    Update: San Francisco police announced they have made an arrest in the homicide on Howth Street that left five people dead. Police say the suspect, Binh Tai Luc who was arrested early this morning, knew all five of the victims and had a prior criminal record. Police did not say what the motive was in the killings but said the crime was targeted and the public should not fear. 

    The medical examiner is still trying to confirm the cause of death and the identities of the five people found dead in the two-story Ingleside home, Suhr said. 

    Raw Video: SF Chief Explains Homicide Crime Scene

    [BAY] Raw Video: SF Chief Explains Homicide Crime Scene
    The SFPD public information officer describes the homicide scene inside the house to reporters. (Published Friday, Mar 23, 2012)

    Three of the victims were discovered around 7:45 a.m. Friday by a family member with a key, who called 911. Police found the other two victims in another part of the house.

    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.

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     San Francisco police investigators returned to the Ingleside home near City College of San Francisco where five people were found dead Friday morning.

    Police Cmdr. Lyn Tomioka said the crime scene at 16 Howth Street contained too much information to process in a single day.

    "It was a very violent homicide scene, as most homicide scenes are, but this was made more complicated by the number of victims," Tomioka said.

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

    The identities of the victims, all of whom are Asian, have not been released by the medical examiner's office, but Tomioka said Friday afternoon that four of them are family members.

    A family member with a key entered the two-story home Friday 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, she said.

    Police are still trying to determine how the victims, three women and two men, were killed. On Friday, police Chief Greg Suhr said some had been 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 case is believed to be isolated to the house and there is no threat to the public, she said.

    "(Investigators) absolutely do not believe that this was a random act of violence," she said today.

    Howth Street between Ocean and Geneva avenues had been closed for much of Friday while police continued their investigation. Today, the house where the crime took place and two adjacent houses remained cordoned off by police tape.

    Several bouquets of flowers lay on the sidewalk, one with a note reading, "R.I.P. Seff, you'll be missed."

    Mayor Ed Lee released a statement Friday afternoon about the deaths, 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."

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