LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council announced Wednesday it was offering a $50,000 reward for information that will lead police to the shooter who killed a man and wounded three others outside a popular luxury hotel in Downtown L.A. in December.
The Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday released a security video it hopes will help them track down the gunman.
The footage showed the suspected shooter, Jamaine Harrington, opening fire in front of the Standard Hotel at 550 South Flower St. around 2:20 a.m. Dec. 13, police said. That was moments before he allegedly shot and killed 22 year-old Thomas Johnson III.
The victim’s father, Thomas Johnson Jr., had a hard time watching the man accused of killing his son. “All the emotions, everything; it started all over again. It’s an open wound for me and my family,” the victim’s father said. “It’s like a big part of me is gone, ripped out, empty. I’m lost. I mean, it’s my son.”
Detectives said they identified Harrington, thanks to a tip from someone who saw another video released in December.
It showed Harrington in an elevator and hallway inside the hotel before the shooting.
Investigators said the victim’s group of friends got into a fight with another group of men when the suspect allegedly began unloading his gun.
Johnson ran through the lobby to the back of the hotel to avoid getting shot. Police said Harrington followed and opened fire again at someone else. Johnson was hit in the crossfire and later died.
“I love him. I miss him. I want to kiss him and hug him. I want to hang out with him. That was taken from me, stolen,” the victim’s father said.
With the latest release of security video and the $50,000 reward, the father hopes his son’s killer will be found and brought to justice.
“I just want him caught. That’s the biggest thing, because he’s out there living his life, and my son is gone. And that’s just not fair.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call detectives at (213) 996-1891 or (877) LAPD-247.