The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $10,000 reward for information regarding the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) student in Compton two days before Christmas.
Vicente Castillo, a full-time student at CSULB, was driving home from the gym with a friend, Jose Rodriguez, around 1:20AM on December 23 when he spotted a black sedan that he thought belonged to a friend, said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who recommended the reward, in a statement.
Castillo then followed the car, which braked suddenly near the intersection of White Avenue and Rose Street.
“The driver exited his vehicle and angrily approached Vicente and shot him in the chest,” according to motion documents from the Board of Supervisors. “After the shooting the driver retreated to his vehicle and fled eastbound on Rose Street.”
Castillo, while severely wounded, was able to drive a short distance away from the incident before succumbing to his injuries. Paramedics were called and Castillo was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:27AM.
“Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau believe there are witnesses to the shooting and the suspect’s flight from the area,” Ridley-Thomas stated in the motion document. “Any individuals with information about this crime are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau or Crime Stoppers. Detectives believe that a reward offer would be helpful in solving this crime, thus bringing some sense of closure and justice to Vicente Castillo’s family and friends.”
Anyone with more information on the shooting was asked to call sheriff’s homicide Detectives Michael Valento and John Duncan at 323-890-5500 or 888-412-7463, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).