UPDATE: 24 Year Old Woman Is Fatally Shot In Downtown LB (Pacific/4th St.)...And LBPD Says Shooting Appears Related To Verbal Alercation Between Two Groups of Men And Women...And Victim Wasn't Believed To Be Part Of Either Group

About thirty mins later, a man driving in area 7th/Redondo was shot/wounded 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.
UPDATE (Dec. 1, 2018, updated 5:50 p.m.) -- LBPD has provided additional details on this morning's (Dec. 1) fatal shooting in downtown Long Beach (area Pacific Ave./4th St.) that took the life of a young woman. LBPD says its preliminary information indicates the shooting was the result of a verbal altercation in a parking lot between two groups men and women (adults) and the victim wasn't believed to be a part of either group.

Roughly a half hour later, a man (adult) driving in the area of 7th St./Redondo Ave. was shot/wounded (but is expected to survive, coverage here.)

[LBPD release text] On Saturday, December 1, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., officers assigned to the Downtown Entertainment District responded to the area of 4th Street and Pacific Avenue after hearing what they believed to be several gunshots.

When officers arrived, they located a female adult who had been struck in the torso by gunfire. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation suggests the shooting was the result of a verbal altercation in a parking lot between two groups of male and female adults. The victim was not believed to be a part of either group and has been identified as 24-year-old Anna Perez of Long Beach.

The suspect was described by witnesses as an African American male adult and was last seen leaving the area in an unknown color sedan. The investigation remains on-going.

LBPD asks anyone with information about what took place to contact Homicide Detectives Shea Robertson and Oscar Valenzuela at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting

(Context from intiial coverage Dec. 1, 2018, 7:55 a.m.)...

Jan 1, 2018 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; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in NLB.

For context, provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017:

[Scroll down for further.]

The 4th/Pacific homicide comes three weeks after someone fired shots at a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Pacific Ave. (Nov. 10, 2nd dist., adjacent to LB's new Civic Center), missing a man (adult) and a girl (juvenile) inside but damaging the vehicle . Ten minutes later (Nov. 10) a man reported he was shot/wounded in the area of PCH/Henderson (about 1.7 miles north and a bit west, border 1st/6th Council districts.



The Dec. 1 fatal shooting is LB's 30th homicide of 2018, a 36% increase from last year (a low of 22 in 2017 and 23 in 2016.)


Councilwoman Gonzalez has consistently urged implementation of "equity" policies on matters ranging from park programming to musical concerts but famously tried to cover's camera lens when we asked her after her district's a FY17 budget meeting if she'd support restoring more than the 8 officers in Mayor Garcia's recommended FY17 budget ( photo below.) photo

[The Council, including Gonzalez, has since voted to restore a total to date of 22 of 208 citywide deployable officers erased by previous Councils on votes by Garcia and Andrews.] To view a chart showing LB's currently budgeted per capita citywide deployable police level for taxpayers, click here. maintains a continually updating chart on our front page displaying the number of shootings and homicides by Council districts. [ has editorially called the disproportionate number of shootings and homicides endured by residents of LB's predominantly working class neighborhoods the city's worst inequity.]




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