Long Beach grandfather shot to death in park bathroom

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The family of a Long Beach grandfather shot to death in a park bathroom over the weekend believes the crime was racially motivated.

Frederick Taft's family says a white suspect shot the 57-year-old African-American man at point-blank range at Pan American Park on Saturday afternoon.

"It's just a random act of violence," Taft's sister Cheryl Malonson said. "You go to the bathroom during midday and someone shoots you for no reason?"

Police have yet to release a motive, although a racial slur was carved into a nearby park bench.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to contact detectives at 562-570-7244.
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