Sacramento police find themselves confronted with the coldest of cold cases:
Police in Sacramento, Calif., are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man who died from a shooting—36 years after it happened.
Walter Johnson Jr., who was left paralyzed from the 1977 attack, died from complications related to his paralysis, leading police to rule his death a homicide. They are asking the public for help in its investigation.
It’s technically the fourth homicide in the California state capital this year.
According to a press release issued by the Sacramento Police Department , Johnson was driving to his parents’ home on April 9, 1977, at approximately 3:48 a.m. when three unidentified men blocked the roadway. They confronted Johnson in his vehicle, and a struggle ensued. Johnson was shot in the upper body. The suspects then robbed Johnson and “fled in a red or brown Ford Pinto.” The three suspects—described as Hispanic adults—were never apprehended.
This isn’t a statute of limitations case (there’s none for murder anyway), this is a causation case. If the cops find the shooters, the DA will have to tie the death to the shooting 36 years ago. That’s no mean feat.