LA MESA, Calif. — One of two men shot while driving on Interstate 8 in La Mesa was on life support, but his wounds are not survivable, authorities said Monday.
Xusha Brown Jr., 22, of El Cajon, was pronounced brain dead at 6:42 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Memorial Hospital, an investigator with San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office told FOX 5 News. Brown remained at Sharp Memorial hospital on life support Monday afternoon, but his injuries were not survivable, the investigator said.
A member of Brown’s family called FOX 5 to dispute that her cousin was dead. Kelly Robinson said that she and other family member were at Brown’s bedside praying that he would recover.
Investigators said Brown as one of two men who were apparently shot from another vehicle as they were heading eastbound on the freeway near the state Route 125 overpass early Sunday.
“One of the rounds struck Mr. Brown in the head and one of the other rounds struck Mr. Hume in the arm and middle section,” said Captain David Bond.
The California Highway Patrol received calls about 3:40 a.m. about a vehicle on the side of the freeway and a person lying in the roadway. Sharp Grossmont Hospital security officers called La Mesa police a few minutes later to report two men suffering from gunshot wounds had showed up in the emergency room, according to La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass.
Victim Xusha Brown is a member of the Sycuan Kumeyaay Tribe. Just hours after the shooting, Tribal leaders offered a reward for the capture of the suspects.
$10,000 was donated to Crimestoppers, an additional $40,000 offered by the tribe.
“Anyone could have been an accidental witness and if so we need you to contact the authorities,” said Adam Day.
Leaders said the tribe is devastated over the death of Brown. Xusha was a musician, a managing member of Shulaced Entertainment.
“He was very dedicated to the music industry absolutely,” said Day. “He was a wonderful young man and he’ll be sorely missed
A motive in the shooting has yet to be identified, but investigators believe it may be gang-related.
“Based on witness statements and the evidence developed so far and some of the tips we’ve received we believe it to be associated with gangs,” said Captain Bond.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or via email at sdcrimestoppers.com.