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LA MESA -- The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians today pledged $50,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters responsible for the death of a tribal member this weekend.
Adam Day (photo above), Assistant Tribal Manager for the Sycuan Band, told a press conference at La Mesa’s police station Monday afternoon that the entire Sycuan tribe is “grief stricken” over the death of Xusha Brown 22, who was shot in the head in an early Sunday morning incident on Interstate 8 near the 125 overpass.
Police said Monday they believe the shooting was gang related, but had no evidence suggesting that Brown nor the driver of his car, Malcolm Hune 21, were members of a gang themselves. Hune was also wounded but is expected to survive.
La Mesa Police Captain David Bond said they do not believe this was a “ random shooting.” He said “we are confident from evidence and interviews conducted that we will solve this homicide.”
Bond said members of Brown’s family and other members of the Sycuan Band (picture above right) attended the press conference but declined to comment.
Speaking on behalf of the Sycuan Band, Day said $10,000 of the reward money would be handled by Crime Stoppers of San Diego County. The other $40,000 would be handled by Sycuan and the La Mesa police directly.
Day said that Brown was “a wonderful kid who will be missed by all.”
Brown’s father also known as Xusha Brown, is a gaming commissioner for the Sycuan Band. La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves said there is no evidence that the incident is related in any way to tribal business. The younger Brown was not employed by the Sycuan Band.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or contact Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-TIPS or logon to www.sdcrimestoppers.com.