Tues. Predawn Murder: Man Is Fatally Shot, 1600 block Hile (West of Temple, North of 16th, A Few Blocks NW of "Joe Jost's") is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(August 30, 2016) -- In the fourth LB shooting within three days (three with persons hit), a man was shot -- and killed -- in the predawn hours today (Tues. Aug. 30) in the Zaferia area of Hile Ave. north of 16th St. The area is just west of Temple Ave., about three blocks north and a bit west of LB's iconic "Joe Jost's,"

It's the second shooting (the first had a vehicle hit) since Sunday Aug. 29, and the second homicide in August, in the western part of the 4th Council district represented since May 2015 by Councilman Daryl Supernaw.

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2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.

LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Brad Johnson tells that on August 30 at roughly 4:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Hile Avenue regarding a shooting that just occurred with a subject laying in the street. They arrived to find a man (adult) unresponsive with a gunshot wound; LBFD responded and determined the man to be deceased at the scene.

In a release, LBPD identifies the victim as Lamar Montez Murry, 49, of Long Beach...and LBPD says the homicide does NOT appear to be gang related.

This morning's fatal shooting comes just days after three shootings over the weekend (two with victims hit; two in the 6th Council district, one in the 4th district) and a little over three weeks after a mother and her four year old daughter were shot to death in the "North Pine Ave." neighborhood just north of LB's downtown (1st Council district.)

Councilman Supernaw has a previously scheduled community meeting tonight (Aug. 30) at the Los Altos Public Library (6:30 p.m., 5614 Britton St.) regarding the Mayor/Manager's proposed FY17 budget. As previously reported by, despite voter approval of a 10% sales tax increase sought by the Mayor and Council, Mayor Garcia's recommended budget proposes to restore only 8 of 200 budgeted police officers and doesn't restore Fire Engine 17 to Stearns Park Fire Station (whose regularly assigned service area stretches from western Los Altos to part of Central Long Beach.) A Council majority can change the Mayor/Manager's proposed budget when potential Council votes come on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13.



As recently reported by

  • Mon. Aug. 29, 15th St./Walnut Ave., 1:10 a.m., man shows up at hospital with a gunshot wound, says a man tried to rob him and then shot him; officers unable to find evidence of a shooting at that location (6th dist.) Mon. Aug. 29, 1:45 a.m., man shot, area 15th St./Gundry Ave., possible drive-by shooting (6th dist.)

  • Sunday Aug. 28, 12:30 a.m., Anaheim St./Newport Ave.; shots fired at victims in a vehicle; vehicle is hit (4th dist.)

  • Mon. Aug. 22: Man (adult) shot, area 11th St./MLK Ave. (6th dist.), coverage here.

  • Aug. 11: Man (adult) shot, 200 block of 69th Way (9th district), coverage here

  • Aug. 11: Juvenile shot, 11th St/MLK Ave. (6th dist.), coverage here

  • Aug. 6: Mother and daughter (age 4) are shot to death, 9th St./Locust Ave. (1st distict), coverage here

  • Aug 6: Group fight, two stabbed, one of whom dies, 2600 block E. Anaheim St. (6th dist.), coverage here <
  • Aug. 5: Body of 19 yr old found at Willow St./San Gabriel River, a homicide (5th dist.), coverage here





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