City, county officials to request $30,000 reward for information leading to mass shooter

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Thursday that he will ask the city council for a $15,000 reward to help find the assailants responsible for an Oct. 29 shooting that killed three men and wounded nine others.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is also asking the Board of Supervisors for a $15,000 reward for a combined total of $30,000 in exchange for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the people responsible for the shooting.

“The Long Beach Police Department believes it would be beneficial to establish a reward, which may prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward and provide information to identify the individual(s) responsible for this crime,” Hahn’s motion states.

Garcia and Hahn will bring the issues up to their perspective boards on Tuesday.

According to the request from Garcia’s office, the money for the reward will come out of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Detectives so far believe there was one suspect, described as male and wearing dark-colored clothes with his face concealed and believed to have fled in a dark-colored vehicle immediately after the shooting. Witnesses said a man in a mask jumped onto the back fence and shot into the backyard while another masked man stood behind the fence.

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to Det. Mark Mattia or Donald Collier at 562-570-7244.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.