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Still no suspects in Altadena teen's killing

July 27, 2011 |  2:32 pm

Sheriff Lee Baca, Sheriff's Homicide Detective Lt. Dave Dolson and Cynthia Brown address a press conference Wednesday.

After almost six months and possibly a half-dozen retaliatory shootings, there are still no suspects in the February killing of an Altadena teen.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Jackson was with a group outside a nighttime church party near his home, when at least two men pulled up in a red Dodge Neon.

Homicide Report: Brandon Jackson, 18

Jackson, an athletic standout at John Muir High, may have been approaching the car when one of the men brandished a semiautomatic handgun and fired a single shot into the muscular teen’s abdomen.

L.A. County sheriff’s investigators say it’s unclear why, if at all, Jackson was targeted.

Detectives flanked by Sheriff Lee Baca and the victim’s aunt pleaded for help Wednesday at sheriff's headquarters in finding the men in the Dodge Neon.

“Everytime you drive and look in your rearview mirror, I just hope you can see an image of Brandon laying there and left to die,” the teen’s aunt, Cynthia Brown, said.

Investigators have seen an increase in shootings in Altadena and Pasadena since the Feb. 12 slaying, and believe the incidents could be retaliatory.

Homicide Det. Adan Torres said a particular clique has not been targeted, but the shootings have been gang-related.

Jackson was not a gang member, but he had relatives and friends with affiliation, authorities said.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call investigators at (323) 890-5500, or the tip line at (800) 222-TIPS.

“There are people in the community who know about this red Dodge Neon,” Baca said.


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Photo: Sheriff Lee Baca, Sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson and Cynthia Brown address a news conference Wednesday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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