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Another 1st District/Washington Middle School Neighborhood Shooting: 1600 block Henderson (Casings Found, No Persons Hit)



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(August 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.) -- Washington Middle School neighborhood residents heard gunfire and LBPD found evidence of a shooting in the 1600 block of Henderson Ave. (one block east of Magnolia Ave., two blocks south of PCH) at about 1 a.m. today (Sunday Aug. 23.)

LBPD Public Information Officer/PD Officer Ivan Garcia tells LBREPORT.com that no victims of the shooting were located; there's no suspect description for now; the reason for the shooting is unknown and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.

As previously reported by LBREPORT:com.

  • Jan. 18, 2020: Henderson Ave./Cowles St.: Two individuals (males/ages not provided) allegedly shot at two other individuals (males/ages not provided.) The rounds missed hitting the two victims but a parked vehicle in the area was damaged by gunfire. LBPD arrested a man (adult) and a juvenile

  • Nov. 22, 2019: Homicide, 1500 block of Henderson Ave. a man was shot/killed not far from Seaside Park.

The above crime scenes are in LB's 1st Council district, represented since Dec. 2019 by Mary Zendejas, elected with financial support from LB's Police Officers union, immediate past Council incumbent (now state Senator) Lena Gonazlez and Mayor Robert Garcia.

Councilwoman Zendejas has been among Councilmembers supporting defunding/reducing funding for LBPD with sums reallocated to other spending items.

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Families in 1st Council district's mainly working class Washington Middle School neighborhood continue to endure a disproportionately high number of shootings. (LBREPORT.com has editorially referred to this as a chronic inequity, a "tale of two cities.")

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Neither of the two LB School Board candidates (Tonia Reyes Uranga vs. Erik Miller) seeking election in November (in an area including Wasshinton Middle School and WLB) have called on the LB City Council to restore funding for LBPD's field anti-gang unit or over 180 LV police officers erased from 2009-2015 and not restored despite the 2016 Measure A sales tax increase.

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