Hate Crime: Black Man Shot Dead at Family Reunion By White Man Still At Large
Frederick Taft, 57, was shot and killed inside a restroom at Pan American Park in the 5100 block of Centralia Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release issued by the Long Beach Police Department.
There were between 40 and 50 people at the family reunion, most of whom were African American, according to David Malonson, the victim’s 35-year-old nephew.
Sakeena Christmon, a friend of Taft’s who was at the reunion party, said she saw a man carrying a rifle run out of the bathroom toward Centralia Avenue after the shooting. He was wearing khaki shorts, calf-high socks and a fishing hat, she said.
Given that Taft was shot while alone in the bathroom, Christmon said she believed the killing was racially motivated and pre-planned.
“He came here on a mission to kill,” she said.