By City News Service
A suspect in the fatal shooting of a 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park might be a parolee released through the state's 2011 initiative to reduce California's prison population, it was reported Wednesday.
Rasheem Childs, 19, is named in a felony complaint as a suspect in the killing of Gonzalo Garcia, 31, who was gunned down on the night of Dec. 22 during a robbery of the business at 5138 N. Figueroa St., CBS2 reported.
A source told a CBS2/KCAL9 reporter that Childs might have been released early through California's controversial AB 109 prison realignment program.
Childs was arrested last year for a felony in Compton and, within months, was back on the streets, CBS2 reported. The Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately confirm the report.
In the days after the crime, the LAPD released photos and descriptions of two men wanted for the fatal shooting. The felony complaint names Childs as a suspect in the killing as well as a string of armed robberies that included stores in Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights.