LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks announced a reward of $75,000 for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Bert Crump Jr.
The reward was being offered by the city of Los Angeles and was announced Friday.
Crump was shot and killed about 6:20 p.m. last Aug. 23 in the area of Gage near Normandie avenues.
As CBS2’s Dave Lopez reports, Crump was waiting to catch a bus when he was approached by a man on a bike.
That person allegedly wanted to pick a fight and Crump took off running, according to Lopez.
Somewhere in the area along Gage Avenue, Crump got into a vehicle stopped in traffic, according to Lopez, and reportedly told the 73-year-old driver, “Go! Go! Go!”
The driver took off.
But according to Lopez, the suspect managed to catch up to the car where he allegedly opened fire, striking the driver in the arm, as well as Crump.
The driver, who was not seriously injured, drove Crump to the hospital where he died.
“I’m so sick inside without knowing what happened to my son,” Crump’s mother told Lopez. She said Crump was never in any trouble and was not a gang member.
On the day of the shooting, Crump wore a shirt with the word “Angels” written across. It was red in color, which police said is the color of a rival gang in the area.
“There’s no logic in it and it’s tragic to see a 17-year-old boy just lose his life,” Detective Eric Crosson of the LAPD said during a news conference.
Also on Friday, police released footage of Crump moments before he was shot. The footage shows Crump being chased by a man in a white shirt.
“Someone may have a piece of the puzzle that could help these detectives solve this case,” Park said.
Crosson said there was no doubt the man in the white shirt was their suspect.
Before being shot, Crump had visited his grandmother in the neighborhood. He was waiting to catch a bus to visit his father.
Anyone with information about this case was asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341.