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Local News in Brief : 3 Killed During Drug Deal

Three men were shot to death late Tuesday night when an apparent drug deal at a Monterey Park motel turned violent, police said.

The victims were identified as Tenoa Leonard Stevenson, 26, of Altadena; Albert Brown, 24, of Pasadena, and Landis Barnes, 20, whose address was not listed.

The bodies of two men were found in a ground-floor room at the Best Western Monterey Park Inn on Atlantic Boulevard near Emerson Avenue.

The third man was found on a sidewalk in front of a used-car lot next to the motel. Witnesses said the man had staggered out of the motel and flagged down a passing car for help. The motorist drove off as the gunmen chased the wounded man into the car lot and shot him again.

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Police were seeking two men who were seen fleeing the area in a silver BMW sedan shortly before midnight.

Police said they found four kilograms of cocaine in a room near the front entrance of the motel.

Although investigators believe the shootings were related to a cocaine deal, they do not know whether the three victims were buying or selling drugs.


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