$50,000 reward for arrest in downtown hotel shooting death

- The Los Angeles City Council is hoping a $50,000 reward offer will lead to the arrest of a 32-year-old man wanted in the shooting death of another man and the wounding of three others outside a downtown hotel last December.

Jamaine Harrington is being sought in the killing of 22-year-old Thomas Johnson, who was shot about 2:20 a.m. Dec. 13 at 550 S. Flower St., the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Harrington is black, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes and hair braided in corn rows.

Johnson was standing outside the Standard Hotel when two groups of men got into an argument that escalated into a fight. "After the fight ended, a suspect pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the victims,'' wounding two men in front of the hotel, according to the LAPD.

"Mr. Johnson ran to the rear of the hotel through the lobby to avoid getting shot,'' police said. "Simultaneously, the suspect ran around the hotel toward the rear and confronted Mr. Johnson. The suspect continued to fire several rounds, hitting Mr. Johnson and another victim, who returned fire with his own gun.''

The City Council approved the reward offer for information leading to Harrington's arrest on Wednesday. Anyone with information on Harrington's whereabouts is urged to call LAPD homicide detectives at (213) 996-1891.

Tipsters can call the LAPD's 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

All tips can be submitted anonymously.

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