Second man wounded in most recent shooting
(Dec. 24, 2004) -- There has been another homicide in the area of 4th St. near Almond Ave. (east of Orange), not far from the site of two other recent homicides.
In the most recent killing, LBPD responded to the 1200 block of E. 4th St. after receiving a call of "shots fired" on December 23 at about 9:03 p.m. A written release says officers found a man (unidentified as we post, believed to be in his 30's) lying on the sidewalk suffering from at least one gunshot wound [we independently learned "multiple" gunshot wounds] and was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
A second man, a 33 year-old LB resident, also hit by gunfire, was transported to a hospital with what is believed to be a non-life threatening injury.
The motive for the most recent killing is unknown...and at present there's no indication that police classify it is as "related" to two other recent homicides in the 2d Council district. As previously reported by LBReport.com:
On August 8 at about 10:35 p.m. in the 400 block of Almond Ave., a 21-year old LB man playing soccer with a group of people was shot and killed when a man approached and fired several rounds in the direction of the group.
On July 19 in the 400 block of Almond Ave. at about 10:30 p.m., a suspect walked up to a house, allegedly fired several shots at a man standing outside of his residence and missed him...after which the suspect walked to another residence and fired several times at another man in front of his residence, killing him. The victim of that shooting -- who was not a gang member -- was in a wheelchair...having been paralyzed in a LB shooting nine years earlier in the area of Anaheim St. and MLK Ave.
In fall 2003, a few blocks north in the 1200 block of E. 7th St., a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq combat veteran and his friend were shot to death while attending a family gathering. The story made national news.
The motive for the most recent (Dec. 23/04) shooting is officially unknown...and LBPD asks anyone with information about the crime to contact LBPD Homicidde Detectives Richard Conant or Russ Moss at (562) 570-7244.