California man dies from gunshot wound 36 years after crime

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Sacramento, CA, United States (4E) – A 62-year-old man from Sacramento, California died from medical complications Monday, 36 years after he was shot, and homicide detectives are now investigating.

According to Fox 40, Walter Johnson was paralyzed by a shooting during a robbery in 1977 and he died from medical issues caused by the incident, turning the case into a homicide.

Police said the shooting happened on April 9, 1977 when Johnson was driving to his parents’ home. Three men blocked the road with their car along San Carlos Way, between 13th and 14th avenues, and they shot Johnson in the upper body after a brief struggle, before robbing him.

The three suspects escaped in their red or brown Ford Pinto and were never arrested.

Police said the case is now being handled by homicide detectives and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Sacramento police at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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