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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 the 2014 murder of 33-year-old Charles Bell of Compton.
On March 23, 2014, around 2:55 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shots fired call in the area of 6th Street and Long Beach Boulevard. Officers discovered four male adults who appeared to have been struck by gunfire. Mr. Bell, who sustained a gunshot wound to the torso, was lying in the parking lot of a restaurant and was determined deceased at the scene. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the three other victims to local hospitals. The three survived.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect attempted to instigate a fight with individuals who were leaving the restaurant and it escalated to a shooting. The suspect fled with multiple people in a dark colored SUV. The suspect is described as an African-African male, approximately 25 years old. He remains outstanding.
Detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect vehicle fleeing westbound on 6th Street (the wrong way on a one-way street). Detectives are hopeful the reward may prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward and provide additional information.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the murder is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives S. Lasch and D. Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.