The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Supervisor Don Knabe, has issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for murder of 25-year-old Olataga Filemoni of Long Beach.
On Thursday, July 25, 2014, just before 11:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shooting in the 3200 Block of Baltic Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered the male victim on the ground suffering from several gunshot wounds. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics quickly transported him to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. On July 28, 2014, Victim Filemoni succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.
Through the investigation, detectives learned that Victim Filemoni was in front of his home talking with friends, when a car they did not recognize stopped in front of the house. Someone from inside the car yelled a gang phrase at the group; however, since no one in the group was from a gang, they did not initially react to the statement. Almost simultaneously upon the statement being made, gunshots were fired from inside the car at Victim Filemoni and the others. One person with the victim was able to describe the suspect vehicle as a small compact. Several other witnesses reported hearing the shots, yet no one has come forward to provide a description of the suspect(s).
A motive for the shooting is unknown, and detectives believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity. They have canvassed the neighborhood looking for additional witnesses, and are hopeful the reward may prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward and provide additional information.
Anyone with information relating to this incident is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.