Reward increased to $20K in hopes of finding suspect who shot, killed Korean War veteran in Baytown

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BAYTOWN, Texas — An 84-year-old man died Monday as a result of the injuries he sustained during a drive-by shooting while out for his morning walk in Baytown. During a press conference Thursday, Baytown police announced that a reward has increased from $5,000 to $20,000 in hopes of finding his killer.

Officers responded to a shooting call in the 9600 block of Pinehurst Drive on Aug. 15 at 6:26 a.m.

According to detectives, the victim, identified as Sam Wingate, and another man were walking when a light-colored car pulled up behind them and one of the occupants fired at least one gunshot. Wingate was hit in the back, causing him to fall to the ground. He was reportedly conscious and talking when police arrived.

Wingate was flown to a Houston hospital, where he later died.

No reports of the second person being injured.

Investigators have no suspects or motives at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call the Baytown Police Department Homicide Division at 281-420-7181 or Baytown Crimestoppers at 281-427-TIPS (8477).

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