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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Gang Homicide Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects responsible for killing Gerrick Mykul Thomas.

On January 25, 2016, around 6:30 p.m., 77th Area officers responded to an ambulance shooting radio call in the 3100 block of West 54th Street. Officers found Thomas on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Thomas to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Thomas was returning to his grandmother's house from the store when he was approached on foot by a lone male suspect. Surveillance video captured the suspect's vehicle driving in the area prior to the shooting. The vehicle is seen on surveillance video travelling eastbound on 10th Avenue, then stopped at a red tri-light signal on 54th Street. Thomas is seen crossing the street, walking towards 9th Avenue. The suspect's vehicle follows Thomas, and the suspect exits the passenger side of the vehicle. The suspect walks towards Thomas and shoots him multiple times before running back to the vehicle and fleeing southbound 9th Avenue.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a 2014-2016 silver or gray Chevrolet Camaro with a black convertible top. The suspect is described as a young male Black. He was wearing a baseball cap, tan jacket, dark pants, and shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call 77th Division Criminal Gang Homicide detectives at (323) 786-5113. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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