Suspect posing as trick-or-treater still wanted in deadly Halloween shooting

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in a 1995 Halloween shooting in Escondido that left a 30-year-old man dead.

The shooting occurred at about 10:25 p.m. on Oct. 31, 1995, at 1228 S. Upas St., San Diego County Crime Stoppers along with the Escondido Police Department said in a news release Wednesday.

Phoutone “Taun” Lothirath’s son Eddy opened the door for the suspect posing as a trick-or-treater as the man entered the house wearing a bandana partially covering his face as Eddy turned to grab candy from the table to the investigators. The suspect then told Eddy to go to the back of the house while Taun Lothirath was killed by multiple gunshots to the chest and back.

A witness saw the suspect leave the courtyard of his residence and run into an alley where a dark blue or black imported vehicle, similar to a Toyota, drove away from the scene, officials said.

Investigators concluded a second suspect may be involved because two guns were used – one to murder Lothirath and the other to shoot into the house from outside the front window.

Authorities believe Lothirath knew the murderer.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the Escondido Police Department Homicide Unit at (760) 839-4974 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at for more information about submitting anonymous web and mobile app tips.

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