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Homeless Man Found Dead In Alley At Dawn New Year's Eve (900 block Elm) May Be LB's Final 2017 Homicide Victim


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(Dec. 31, 2017) -- A man believed to be homeless was found dead at dawn New Year's Eve in an alley roughly a block south of St. Mary Medical Center.

In a release, LBPD says that at about 6:15 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Elm Ave. (1st Council district) regarding a call reporting a person down and found a man in an alley with a head injury. The victim, who police say appeared to be homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene by LBFD paramedics.

"The preliminary investigation determined the victim may have been struck by a blunt object. A motive for the incident is unknown and no suspect information is available. The investigation remains ongoing."

The L.A. County Coronerís Office will determine the victim's identity and official cause of death.

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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.

Other recent shootings:

  • Dec. 13: Man is shot/wounded on PCH near Cedar Ave. (border 1st/6th Council districts, coverage coverage here.)
  • Dec. 13: Person with a gun allegedly chases two people while shooting at them, misses hitting them, area 16th/Locust (1st dist.) LBREPORT.com coverage here.
  • Dec. 3: Man is shot in attempted armed robbery, 5100 block Alantic Ave. (8th district), LBREPORT.com coverage here.
  • Nov. 24: Man (adult) found shot at roughly daybreak, 600 block E. Shoreline Dr. (near downtown Marina), 2nd dist. coverage here
  • Nov. 18: Nov. 18: Shell casings found area 68th/Paramount, business window shot out 6600 block Cherry Ave. (9th dist.) coverage here
  • Oct. 24: 8th St./Olive Ave.: Suspect (accompanied by another person) fires shots at two victims; shots miss (1st dist.) LBREPORT.com coverage here.
  • Oct. 24: Man in vehicle is wounded, suspect is a woman, area Anaheim St./Mira Mar (4th Council district) LBREPORT.com coverage here.
  • Oct. 19: "Ride-by" shooting from a bicycle, man in car isn't hit, vehicle is damaged, 1900 block Caspian Ave. (1st dist.), LBREPORT.com coverage here.
  • Oct. 18, approx. 5:00 a.m., 500 block W. 9th St. (near Magnolia Ave.), man hit by gunfire (1st dist., LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
  • Oct 11, 9:25 p.m.: Two men (adults) shot/killed, two others wounded, area Anaheim St./Walnut Ave. (6th Council district, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
  • Oct 7: Midnight hour double shooting leaves one man dead, another wounded, 1200 block E. 56th St. (8th Council district) (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
  • Sept. 16: Man robbed at gunpoint, 3600 block E. Anaheim St., by two suspects, one fires at him but misses (4th Council district, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
  • Aug. 23: Boy (male juvenile) shot at midafternoon, 200 block of W. 14th St. (alongside 14th St. Park, 1st Council district), coverage here.
  • Aug. 17: Man is shot and killed, area 900 block Dayman St., drives to 1900 block Myrtle, crashes car, is found deceased (6th district, here.)
  • Aug. 15: Person (gender, age uncertain) is shot/wounded, 2600 block of E. 56th St. (8th district, coverage here.)
  • Aug 12: Man shot to death, 7th/Orange Ave. (border 1st/2nd Council districts, coverage here)
  • Aug. 7: 2300 block E. 14th St., man is shot (coverage here.)
  • Aug. 1: 1300 block Taper St. (SW of Wardlow Rd/710 freeway), man and woman shot/wounded (coverage here.)
  • July 22, 1700 block Daisy Ave. (1st dist.), vehicles hit by gunfire (coverage here.)
  • July 22, 400 block Maine (1st dist.) man is shot/killed in 2 a.m. hour. (coverage here)
  • July 16, Harbor Ave./PCH (1st dist.), person(s) fires shots in area of family/friends outdoor gathering, no person(s) hit (coverage here)
  • July 16, 15th/Rose (6th dist.), male juvenile shot
  • July 15, MLK/PCH (6th dist.), group of four male and female Blacks and Samoan juveniles approached by two Hispanic men or older juveniles who exit vehicle; one produces a handgun and fires at the group; one victim hit

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