A press conference and rally were held Thursday afternoon to pass out flyers and enlist the public"s help for leads in the killing of 50-year-old Seaborn Mason.
"On Monday, July 23, 2012, at approximately 11:19 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shooting call in the 400 block of E. South Street, which resulted in the death of Victim Mason," the Long Beach Police Department announced. "When officers arrived, they discovered the victim lying on the sidewalk. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased. A motive for the shooting is still unknown. However, detectives are hopeful that someone with information regarding the shooting will come forward."
The press conference and rally by Mason's family and officers was held on
South Street and Linden Avenue, where Mason was shot seven times near a liquor store he often visited.
Long Beach Police Homicide Lt. Erik Herzog said that though many cases have had a high rate of success, this one case has been very difficult to solve. Though video surveillance cameras in the area show a number of people in the area at the time, Lt. Herzog said, “We're not comfortable releasing the video because we aren't sure if they are suspects or witnesses."
Family members of Mr. Mason including his brother, David Thomas, were also present to ask the public for any assistance and to come forward with any information which would help them bring closure and justice.
Seaborn Mason’s great-niece Tyler Dennis also said that she remembers her uncle coming to her grandmother’s house and playing, and that she misses her uncle.
As the family and members of Long Beach Police Explorers began to canvass the area to pass out and post fliers with a reward of $10,000.00 asking for tips and information, some residents were afraid of having people come to them asking for help. Others also recalled the night of the shooting, but had little to offer to move the investigation forward.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incedent should call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244.