LONG BEACH — Police on Tuesday released a description and sketch of a vehicle linked to a 29-year-old man gunned down in a downtown alley earlier this year.

Victim Philip Victor Williamson of Los Angeles was gunned down in an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue on March 24 and police believe his work as a medical marijuana distributor may have a connection to his killing, authorities said.

Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives were in Chico, Calif., from June 26-28 looking for clues in Williamson's death. Williamson used to deliver marijuana grown in the Chico area to collectives throughout Los Angeles county, police said.

The detective's work in Chico provided new leads, including the description of a vehicle that was linked to Williamson on the day he died. It is described as a black four-door SUV, possibly a Toyota 4-Runner.

Detectives need the public's help in finding the vehicle and would like to talk to the owner, police said Tuesday.

"He is connected to the vehicle and/or its owner, we're not sure which," said Lt. Lloyd Cox, who oversees the Homicide detail.

The lieutenant said investigators did not want to discuss any details about when and where the victim might have been seen with the vehicle.

He did say detectives are hoping the release of the sketch of the vehicle and the victim's photo might trigger a response from witnesses who may not have realized they have valuable information in the investigation or who have yet to come forward.

"We're hoping someone will see the sketch .


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.. and the picture of the victim and remember something that could help in the investigation," Cox said.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or its owner, or with information about the murder is urged to call Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at 562-570-7244.

Anonymous tips can also be made via text or online at www.longbeach.gov/police or at www.tipsoft.com.

tracy.manzer@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1261.