The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved rewards in the unrelated fatal shootings of a 22-year-old man ambushed at a bus stop in South Gate in 2015 and a high school student shot on a street in Palmdale in 2016.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended a $20,000 reward for information on the gunman who fatally shot 22-year-old Isaiah Equihua.
Around 11 p.m. on April 13, 2015, Equihua was sitting at a bus stop with his girlfriend on the corner of Michigan and California avenues in South Gate when someone came up from behind, said something to him and then opened fire at close range.
Equihua was struck by multiple bullets and collapsed into the street as the shooter fled on foot.
Detectives say they have no viable clues and hope a reward will encourage someone to come forward.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended a $10,000 reward in the killing of Jaquarius “Jay” Quinn, an 11th grade student at R. Rex Parris High School.
The 17-year-old was fatally shot while walking on the 2300 block of Old Harold Road in Palmdale around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2016.
Detectives said Quinn had dinner out with his family and returned home earlier that evening. His body was found on the street by residents who called 911.
Investigators told the Los Angeles Times they didn’t know whether Quinn, who wasn’t carrying any identification, was shot at the scene or pushed out of a vehicle. He was identified when his grandmother came to the sheriff’s station the next day to report him missing.
They don’t have a motive for the shooting and Quinn, who lived with his grandmother, had no criminal history, the newspaper reported.
Barger and Solis asked anyone with additional information on either homicide to call sheriff’s homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza at (323) 890-5564 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
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