Los Angeles County, California – The reward for information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of a person responsible for killing a 4-year-old boy in Altadena in 2016 has been increased by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
The reward offered for resolving the case was initially set at $20,000 and has been increasing throughout the years, eventually reaching $50,000 on Tuesday.
The 4-year-old boy, Salvador Esparza III, was killed in the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive in the evening hours of July 5th, 2016 while visiting family friends.
There had been a street altercation between a person of interest and the live-in boyfriend of the boy’s mother an hour before the killing, according to deputies at the time. Sheriff’s officials say that the shooter was going after the boyfriend and his brother.
Investigators believe the shooter approached the residence east of the 210 Freeway and fired at least 13 shots, hitting the 4-year-old kid and a 27-year-old man nearby who was not a family member.
The victims were transported to a hospital where the boy succumbed to his injuries. The 27-year-old man managed to survive.
According to authorities, the shooter is believed to be a gang member who resided in the area. He fled the scene after the incident.
Anybody who knows anything about the incident should call Sgt. Domenick Recchia of the sheriff’s department at 323-890-5500, or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.