American businessman and investor Martin Shkreli is putting up $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.
Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc., made the announcement via his Facebook page Friday.
Rich, 27, was the voter expansion data director at the DNC, according to Roll Call, and had been employed for two years. Rich also worked on a computer application to help voters locate polling stations, and had just accepted a job with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
According to Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police reports, officers patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots at around 4:20 a.m. on the morning of July 10, 2016. Officers discovered a “conscious and breathing” Rich at 2100 Flagler Place NW.
Police have not yet solved the case, but surmised that Rich was a victim of a botched robbery. Police said that they found his wallet, credit cards and cellphone on his body. The band of his wristwatch was torn but not broken. The current theory maintains that the shooters panicked after shooting Rich and immediately fled the scene.
Shkreli is not the only person offering a six digit reward for information surrounding Rich’s death. Washington D.C. attorney Jack Burkman is offering $105,000 and calling on the DNC to step up its role in the investigation. “I don’t know who is worse, the DNC — who haven’t done a thing, or Sean Hannity who talks about it every night without action. All talk, no action,” Burkman told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday. (DC Lobbyist Behind Campaign To Solve Seth Rich Murder Mystery)
While police have refused to divulge information on the case to the public, The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained the public incident report, which revealed that at least three responding officers were wearing body cameras. When TheDCNF reached out to the police for information regarding the presence of body cams or surveillance footage near the scene of the crime, the department refused to confirm or deny the existence of surveillance footage.
Rich’s parents asked police to go public with details of its investigation this week, desperately hoping to find their son’s killer. (RELATED: Family Of Seth Rich Demands That Police Release Information To The Public)
by TED GOODMAN – Follow Ted on Twitter