Man Is Fatally Shot, Area 12th St./Locust Ave., Three Blocks From Where Mother & Four Year Old Daughter Murdered Five Weeks Ago (1st dist/Gonzalez) 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.
(Sept. 11, 2016, 3:50 p.m.) -- A man was shot to death in the predawn hours Sunday (Sept. 11) in the area of Locust Ave./12th St. (a block south of Anaheim St.). The crime scene in LB's 1st Council district (Gonzalez) is three blocks due north of the spot where a mother and her four year old daughter were shot to death just over five weeks earlier.

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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.

In a release, LBPD says that at about 3:39 a.m., police were dispatched to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the area of Locust Ave./12th St. where they found a man (adult) with a gunshot injury; LBFD responded and determined the victim was deceased at the scene.

LBPD says it has no motive for shooting; no suspect information is available; and LBPD's investigation remains ongoing.

On August 6, a mother and her four year old daughter were shot to death in the area of 9th St./Locust Ave., just three blocks south of the Sept. 11 homicide...a murder with no apparent motive that currently remains unsolved despite LBPD Chief Robert Luna's passionate plea that residents come forward if they have information that could be helpful and a rewards offered by L.A. County and the City of LB..



Following an August 25 budget meeting in her Council district, asked Councilwoman Gonzalez for her position on adding more than the 8 officers proposed by the Mayor/Manager, and she tried to cover our camera lens and refused to speak with us.

On Sept. 13, the full Council will consider City Hall's FY17 budget and decide whether to restore officers, and if so how many, beyond the 8 officers (out of 200 that LB previously provided to taxpayers) that the Mayor/Manager have proposed. The action will be the first Council budget vote since LB residents voted in June to approved a sales tax increase to 10% that Councilmembers can spend on any general fund items they wish but described to voters in its ballot title and text as:

[All caps in original] "CITY OF LONG BEACH PUBLIC SAFETY, INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES MEASURE. To maintain 911 emergency response services; increase police, firefighter/paramedic staffing; repair potholes/streets; improve water supplies; and maintain general services...

On September 7, 5th dist. Councilwoman Stacy Mungo told a grassroots neighborhood meeting (at which residents from El Dorado Park South to the Spring St./Palo Verde Plaza cited increased neighborhood crimes) that she will ask the Council to approve adding two police officers beyond the eight proposed by the Mayor/Manager (plus two paramedic-trained firefighters) to deal with what she called "homeless abatement."

At the Sept. 7 neighborhood meeting, Councilwoman Mungo told residents:

[Councilwoman Mungo] The reason we have the number of officers we have is not because we have a budget issue. The City Council continues to authorize the Police Department to hire police officers but you may have noticed that it is not very popular to be a police officer in America today. Our applications to be a police officer are down almost 80%. We just came through an Academy and when we put through 50 recruits, the quality of people who are applying to be police officers has declined and I don't know about you, but I'm not going to ride in a car, ask someone to respond who's not prepared to be a police officer. And of the 50, only 25 graduated.

Long Beach currently budgets roughly 200 fewer officers deployable citywide for its taxpayers than the City provided in FY10 as a result of Council-voted LBPD budget reductions that left the city with roughly 20% fewer officers than it had in 2009. Long Beach currently provides a budgeted sworn officer level for citywide deployment roughly equivalent per capita to what Los Angeles would have if it cut about 30% of LAPD's officers.



As recently reported by

  • Sept 5: Man Found Fatally Shot On Road Within Long Beach Port, coverage here.
  • Sept. 1 and 2: Two Shootings In Two Days Hit Vehicles, Miss Persons: One in NLB, Another in Central LB, coverage here.
  • Tue. Aug. 30: Man (adult) is shot -- and killed -- in the 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." coverage here

  • 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.) coverage here Mon. Aug. 29, 1:45 a.m., man shot, area 15th St./Gundry Ave., possible drive-by shooting (6th dist.) coverage here

  • Sunday Aug. 28, 12:30 a.m., Anaheim St./Newport Ave.; shots fired at victims in a vehicle; vehicle is hit, occupants not 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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