Detectives Head To Chico In Hopes of Solving March Murder

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Victim Philip Victor Williamson

On Monday, June 27, 2011, Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives will be in the City of Chico in relation to the ongoing March 24th Long Beach murder investigation of 29-year-old Philip Victor Williamson of Los Angeles.

On Thursday, March 24, 2011, at approximately 10:26 p.m., Long Beach police were dispatched to an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue regarding a male subject that had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body. The individual, later identified as Victim Williamson, was transported by paramedics to a local hospital and listed in critical condition. The following evening, Friday, March 25, 2011, the victim was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Victim Williamson, who was not known to frequent Long Beach, was shot shortly before being found in the alley by a passerby. Detectives are unsure why he was in Long Beach or who he was with that evening.

Through their investigation, detectives have learned that the victim was involved in the distribution of marijuana to various collectives in the Los Angeles County area, which he obtained from Chico. Therefore, detectives will be in the Chico area on June 27th to try and identify and interview individuals that Victim Williamson may have been involved with relating to his distribution to collectives. Additionally, detectives will be disseminating flyers from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m. in the Chico State University area, an area the victim was known to frequent. Detectives will assemble at the One Mile Recreation Area of Bidwell Park, and will then proceed with canvassing the area in hopes of learning who the victim was associated with, where he was and who he was with in the 24-hours prior to his death, and whether his distribution to collectives played a role in his murder.

Anyone who may have information or who can identify potential suspects in this case is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch or Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244.

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