COMPTON (CNS) – A $20,000 reward was being offered today for information leading to the conviction of whoever fatally shot a Cerritos man who may have been mistakenly targeted because he was driving a red car in Compton.
Tauruson McMillian, 34, was fatally shot about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 4 while driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo north on Wilmington Avenue from Rosecrans Avenue in Compton, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
“He had a family. He had no enemies that we know of. This may be a case of mistaken identity,” Corina said.
McMillian apparently was shot in a car-to-car attack, and deputies recovered video of the shooting but did not make it public, NBC4 reported.
McMillian was not a gang member, according to the sheriff’s department.
Detectives believe McMillian may have been shot because he was driving a red vehicle, according to Nicole Nishida of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, adding that he was not a gang member.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown said the city’s residents deserve to live in a town without violence, and encouraged witnesses to come forward.
“We are asking that the Compton citizens have a zero-tolerance policy against violence,” Brown said. “It is time.”
McMillian, who lived in Cerritos, worked for the city of Pasadena and recently had started a second job driving a tow truck. He was working to become a firefighter.
His girlfriend, Pamela Adele, said McMillian was a good person, with a good heart.
“I wish upon nobody to have to deal with what our family is dealing with,” Adele said with tears in her eyes. “… Please come forward with any leads. Please contact homicide bureau.”
The reward was offered by the city of Compton and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the sheriff’s detectives at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222- TIPS.
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