UPDATE: LBPD Seeks Public's Assistance In ID'ing Suspect(s), ID's Homicid Victim As 38 Yr Old LB Man, Says Shooting Doesn't Appear Random; Man Is Fatally Shot, 2500 block E. Anaheim St. (Area Molino Ave.)
|(Aug. 7, 2021, 1:15 a.m., UPDATED 4:20 p.m.) -- As flashed on LBREPORT.com's Facebook within minutes last night (Aug. 6), a man was shot to death in the 2500 block of E. Anaheim St. (area Molino Ave.) (CD4/Supernaw.)
Initial information is sketchy. LBPD overnight Watch Commander Brandon Deis says (initial information) that on Aug. 6 at about 9:59 p.m. officers responded to a shooting in the area of E. Anaheim St./Molino Ave. and found a man (adult) sot and assisted with lifesaving measures. LBFD transported the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. There's no immediate suspect information.
UPDATE: In a release, LBPD "is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of a man..." LBPD identifies the victim as Ines Rosales, 38, of Long Beach, and adds:
"At this time in the investigation, the circumstances leading up to the shooting, the motive and suspect information are unknown, however it does not appear to be a random act of violence. The incident remains under investigation by Homicide Detectives." [end UPDATE]
The latest homicide follows a fatal Aug. 5 shooting on the jetty near 700 block E. Shoreline Dr.(CD 2/Allen), a double fatal shooting near the corner of Anaheim St./Pine Ave. (CD1/Zendejas).
The latest LB shooting comes within days of what organizers called a "National Night Out" against crime (mainly block parties and meet/greets with officers that didn't address LB's lack of roughly 230 officers that the City previously provided but no longer does.)
On July 19, 2021, the City Council -- which sets LB police levels by its budget actions -- voted (8-0, Austin absent) to approve a Mayor/Management labeled "Safety Recovery Plan" tied in part to a Mayor/management proposed FY22 budget. The plan, sought by the Council following multiple shootings, doesn't restore any of the roughly 230 erased officers, leaving Long Beach without its former LBPD field anti-gang unit and with a thinner per capita officer level than Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill. (Chart shows LB police level before Sept. 2020 defunding of 48 additional officers.)
Under the $8.6 million "Safety Recovery Plan" LB taxpayers will spend roughly $4 million for non-police items labeled "prevention" and supported by multiple public podium speakers (including some with ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.)
Several public speakers opposed spending sums in the plan that will maintain current police base staffing (depleted by responses to recent shootings) and urged reducing LBPD funding further. Some said Long Beach is over-policed and urged support for what organizers called a "Peoples Budget" that would reduce LBPD levels further.
No public speakers came to the podium to speak in support of maintaining or backfilling current police funding items.
To date, no Long Beach neighborhood group has adopted a voted resolution calling on the Council to restore 48 officers defunded by the Council's Sept. 2020 FY 21 budget vote.
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