LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police released security videos Monday of a person of interest six weeks after a mother and her 4-year-old daughter were shot to death in Long Beach.
Detectives said the man, who may be long gone by now, was carrying luggage when he was caught on camera minutes after the killings.
Two separate videos show the man in a convenience store and on a Metro Blue Line train.
Detectives said he got on the train at Fifth Street and Long Beach Boulevard and rode into Los Angeles, exiting at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard.
“That’s one of the things we looked at on why we believe he may be leaving the state as well as conversations he had with people on the train, where he indicated he was looking to potentially leave the state,” said Long Beach police Lt. Lloyd Cox.
Police Chief Robert Luna said “we’re also asking for anyone who may have been on the train with this person at that time to please call us,” at (562) 570-7244.
Carina Mancera and her daughter, Jennabel, were shot and killed around 10 p.m. Aug. 6.
Luis Anaya, the victim’s boyfriend and the child’s father, was walking with them to their apartment after grocery shopping.
Police said the gunman also shot at Anaya, but he was not hit. He did not recognize the man, nor did anyone else in the neighborhood.
“That’s what’s baffling all of us is that we don’t have any idea on why this occurred or what the motive may have been in this case,” Cox said.
A $40,000 reward is being offered to help find the killer.
The man to whom police want to talk is described as a black man in his 20s or 30s of medium height and weighing 220 to 250 pounds.