|(December 24, 2019) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that LB's 1st Council district has had another shooting. On Sunday night Dec. 22, a man was shot/wounded in the area of 16th St./Linden Ave. (one block west of Atlantic, one block south of PCH.)
It's the second 1st dist. shooting in roughly 72 hours (on Dec. 19, a man was shot/wounded in the 900 block of E. 7th St.) and the fifth (person-hit plus no-persons-hit) since Councilwoman Mary Zendejas was elected on Nov. 5.
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez tells LBREPORT.com that on December 22 at about 6:20 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting and located a man (adult) with a gunshot wound in the 500 block of E. 16th St. (area 16th/Linden.) LBFD transported him to a hospital in critical condition.
Preliminary information indicates the victim was in the 500 block of E. 16th St. when a man (adult) shot him. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and remains outstanding; as is now routine in non-fatal shootings, LBPD gang detectives responded and are investigating. .
The maps below show cumulated fatal, non-fatal and no-person hit shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 22, 2019
For context, the second map shows shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.
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A little over a week earlier on Dec. 14, a woman (adult) reported someone had shot at her unoccupied parked vehicle overnight in the 1700 block of Pine Ave. (just south of PCH) and police confirmed finding gun casings at the location. That came less than a week after a Dec. 9, no-person-hit shooting with bullet casings found in the 1500 block of Chestnut Ave. On Nov. 22, a man was shot to death in the 1500 block of Henderson St. And on Nov. 20, a no-person-hit shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Chestnut Ave.
From December 1 through Dec. 19, Long Beach's LB's 1st and 6th Council districts combined, had more non-fatal shootings per capita than Chicago. (During this period, most were in the 6th dist.; LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
From Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, LB's mainly working class 1st and adjacent 6th Council districts combined experienced a per capita shooting total that approached that of Chicago (during this period ,most were in the 1st dist, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
The 1st and 6th districts stretch from West LB through northern downtown LB and into Central LB and Cambodia Town. They are disproportionately working class areas with historically disadvantaged populations.
1st dist. Councilwoman Zendejas was elected with fewer than 900 votes cast in a multi-candidate no-runoff Nov. 5 special election in which her campaign (with the endorsements of LB Mayor Robert Garcia, immediate past 1st dist. Councilwoman (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez and the LB police officers union) spent over $100,000 to elect her. Her term now runs through at least Dec. 2022, after which she may seek three additional terms (12 additional years) without a write-in requirement for her third term (under Garcia/Doud proposed, Council advanced, voter-enacted Charter Amendment BBB.)
In addition, Zendejas benefited from separate $10,000 contributions by Mayor Garcia (using his 2026 Lt. Governor committee), Senator Gonzalez (using funds left over from her 2019 state Senate committee) and the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC, The sums bypassed LB's Council candidate campaign contribution limits since they were given to an "independent expenditure" committee run by he LB Firefighters Association (details included in LBREPORT.com coverage >Follow the Money coverage here. .
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