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In brief: 3 killed, 4 injured in LA shooting spree

Mon., Aug. 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.

Witnesses spotted two men in a tan- or gold-colored SUV with tinted windows at two of the three crime scenes in the San Fernando Valley area Sunday morning, said Sgt. Frank Preciado, a police spokesman.

While the victims appeared to be randomly targeted, investigators determined that the same type of weapon was used in the attacks and the suspect shot at victims from inside a car, he said.

The shootings triggered an intense investigation and prompted the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to step up patrols on the street.

“It’s a major threat,” Preciado said.

Woman recovers after tea poisoning

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals has been released from a Salt Lake City hospital.

Jan Harding, 67, was released Saturday.

Harding is now recovering at home after making progress during the last week that is “nothing short of miraculous,” family attorney Paxton Guymon said in an email Sunday.

Harding must still undergo tests and procedures to determine any long-term complications, Guymon said.

Harding has been slowly improving since Aug. 10, when she drank a single sip of sweetened iced tea at Dickey’s Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb.

An industrial cleaning solution mixed into the tea caused deep, ulcerated burns in Harding’s esophagus.