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TWO MEN SHOT TO DEATH ON W. SIDE
THREE PEOPLE SOUGHT IN SLAYING OF BROTHERS

Two brothers were shot and killed in their Niagara Street apartment Thursday night, and detectives today continued searching for three people seen fleeing from the scene.

Authorities identified the two men as Nelson Camacho, 36, and his brother Miguel A., 25. Both men lived in the lower apartment at 879 Niagara, where they were gunned down at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

Neighbors reported hearing seven shots fired in the apartment, followed by screaming. The two brothers were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Uniformed police responded to shots fired at this location, and upon their arrival they found the bodies of two males inside the lower apartment," said Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan of the Major Crimes Unit.

"They were both shot and killed . . . It's a pretty gruesome scene."

Police would not elaborate on the conditions of the bodies inside the house. However, they said there were "numerous shots fired" with a "large caliber weapon."

Detectives were working to piece together the motive for the shootings. Relatives and neighbors provided police with one possible theory, that the attackers could have been looking for money won by Nelson Camacho in a recent Lotto game. Rumors had circulated that he won $65,000 in the lottery; in fact, he won $200, neighbors and relatives said.

Witnesses told police they spotted three people fleeing from the scene after the shots were fired. They were initially spotted running south on Seventh Street.

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