Berkeley officials offered a $50,000 reward for anyone who could provide information about the suspect that shot and killed a 19-year-old Cal student on Monday.
The unknown suspect shot the victim, Seth Smith, who was scheduled to begin his third year at Cal in August at about 10:30 p.m. near Valley Street. Police Officer Byron White, a spokesman for the Berkeley police, announced the finding.
Smith allegedly told his roommate that he would be going out for a walk that night. A witness called the police to report that an unresponsive person was lying on the ground and was suffering from a bleeding wound.
First respondents that arrived at the scene discovered Smith with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said city officials put out the reward offer to urge potential witnesses to provide additional information that could lead to the arrest of the gunman, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
White said, “There may be individuals who have information about this crime, and we are asking for the public’s help.” The police officer added that even the smallest piece of information could help authorities figure out the person behind the crime.