Reward increased to $25K for information on who killed 84-year-old Baytown veteran

Police and Crime Stoppers are increasing the reward for information on who shot and killed an 84-year-old Korean War veteran in Baytown one year ago.

The reward is now up to $25,000.

On August 15, 2018, Sam Wingate was going for a morning walk with his friend in the Pinehurst Subdivision when a vehicle pulled up next to them and someone shot at them.

Sam was shot twice in the back. He was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

Baytown police say they have been able to link the weapon used in Sam's case to a similar shooting on July 24, 2018, in the Heights area of the Houston. Police say they also believe a third shooting that occurred on October 16, 2018, in the Heights area is also connected to the case, based on the vehicle description and MO of the shooter.

Police believe the vehicle involved is a light-colored 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Police say the suspect is possibly a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, and in his 30s.

Authorities say they have received several tips, but none have proven fruitful.

Yesterday, authorities announced an increase in the reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case to up to $25,000.

Anyone with information, no matter how small, in the case is asked call Baytown Crime Stoppers at (281)427-TIPS.