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Detective: No Gang Connection in Burned Body Case So Far

The lead detective in the case of the burning body found in Altadena Sunday has not yet found a link to recent gang-related shootings in town.

Investigators have yet to make any link between a and recent shootings in the city, according to Lt. Matt Burson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Burson, the lead detective on the case, told Patch he is aware that there have been recent back and forth shootings between two Altadena gangs, but so far has not established a connection between any of those shootings and the body found early Sunday morning in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue.

According to a report in the Pasadena Star-News, there was an attempted shooting at a home in the 600 block of Ventura Street on Friday night, and another early Thursday morning in the 600 block of Altadena Drive. Altadena Station officials have yet to say whether those shootings are gang-related or not.

However, Lt. Duane Allen of the Altadena Sheriff's Station has near the intersection of Raymond and Harriet in the  as likely retaliation for the shooting of a member of the Pasadena Denver Lanes gang that took place the previous weekend.  That shooting resulted in the victim being hospitalized, but was not fatal.

Detectives still know very little in the case, so a gang connection has not been ruled out.  Burson said that investigators are primarily focused right now on identifying the body in Sunday's case.  As of Monday morning, the Department of Coroner and had no timetable for identification.

Burson said that he is not aware of any incidents of gunfire or other police reports from Saturday night or Sunday morning that would be related to the burned body case. 

Because the autopsy has not been completed, detectives do not yet know whether the burning was the cause of death or not, or whether the body was relocated after death.

There have not been any reports of missing persons or other leads to give investigators any idea of who the victim is, Burson said.

He said it remains a possibility that the victim was killed elsewhere and transported to the spot.  

The one piece of evidence police do have is a red Mazda sedan found at the scene - Burson said it does have a connection to the case, though he would not disclose the details at this point in the investigation.

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