Long Beach, California – In a recent session, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a plan to collaborate with county officials, offering a reward for information leading to the perpetrators of a drive-by shooting that tragically claimed the life of a local teenager and injured another earlier this month.
On May 9th, a deadly assault took place that resulted in 12-year-old Eric Gregory Brown III sustaining a lethal gunshot wound to his upper torso. A 14-year-old girl, who remains unidentified, also sustained injuries to her lower body during the incident, albeit non-life-threatening, according to police reports at the time. A 13-year-old girl was present at the scene but remained physically unharmed.
In an effort to apprehend the assumed two male suspects involved in the shooting, the Long Beach City Council opted in a 9-0 vote to partner with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Together, they plan to offer a reward of at least $25,000 to any individuals who can provide valuable information.
Mayor Rex Richardson stated, “My heart goes out to the family of Eric Gregory Brown III, a young child with a promising future. Together, we are determined to find those responsible for this devastating loss and are held accountable,” further emphasizing that a reward of no less than $25,000 will be offered for any information leading to the apprehension of the individuals involved.
The precise sum of the reward will be established following discussions between the city and county officials. This will be followed by a hearing at a Board of Supervisors meeting, should the county decide to contribute to the reward.
In a statement, Councilwoman Suely Saro expressed her grief over the incident, stating, “Because of this obscene disregard for life, a 12-year-old boy – Eric Gregory Brown III – tragically lost his life,” and further declared that such violence would not be tolerated in Long Beach. She emphasized the city’s determination to bring justice to the grieving families and hold the culprits accountable for their actions.
The city encourages anyone with information to contact detectives at 562-570-7244. In case the information leads to a successful arrest and conviction, it will be considered for reward. Additionally, individuals can submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.