|(December 23, 2020) -- In the overnight hours this morning (Dec. 23) LB's 4th Council district (Councilman Daryl Supernaw) had another shooting. It left a man wounded in the 1100 block of Obispo Ave. (south of Anaheim St., west of Redondo Ave.).
It comes one week after a 14 year old Cambodian boy was found fatally shot in the 1400 block of St,. Louis Ave. (north of Anaheim St. east of Cherry Ave.)
Councilman Supernaw's 4th Council distriuct has multiple shooting crime scenes (including two homicides) since June 1, 2020 (and a nineth if one counts a homicide on the 2nd/4th district border.
In this morning's shooting, LBPD Public Imnformation Officer Brandon Fahy says that on Dec. 23 at about 2:10 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Obispo Ave. regarding a reported person-hit shooting and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. "The victim stated he was walking in the area when he fell over in pai and realized he had been shot."
The victim didan't provide information regarding the suspect(s) or circumstances of the shooting but officers did locate evidence, including bullet casings, indicating a shooting had occurred. LBFD transported the victim to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; the motive for the shooting is unknown; and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.
On December 10, LB's 4th Council district's Zeferia neighborhood had two shootings within a one hour period shortly before midnight (the 4th and 5th shooting crime scenes since June 1, the 6th if ione counts a homicide on the 2nd/4th district border.
LBPD overnight Watch Comander Lt. Shaleana Benso, updated at midday by LBPD Public Information Allison Gallagher, indicates tghat at about 10:55 p.m. on Dec. 10, somone shot at and wounded a man (adult) driving [updated location) on PCH near Obispo Ave. (The victim pulled over in the area of Anaheim St. ad called LBPD.)
And at about 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 10, a man returning home from work and parking his car in the 1300 block of Ohio Ave. says someone shot at him and wounded him.
By way of context: on Sunday Oct 25 a man was shot/wounded in the neighborhood two blocks south of Anaheim St. in the area of 11th St./Coronado Ave.
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LB's latest murder (number 36 for the 2020) is also in Councilman Daryl Supernaw's 4th Council district. A 14 year old Cambodian boy was found deceased on the ground in the 1400 block of St. Louis Ave. In a release, LBPD says aa motive for the murder hasn't been determied "although it is being investigated as gang-related."
At an April 30, 2019 meeting of the Long Beach City Council's Public Safety Committee, Committee vice chair Daryl Supernaw downplayed the need to restore funding for LBPD's former field anti-gang unit, indicated he didn't want to hear taxpayers bring up the issue again and boasted that CD 4 hadn't had a homicide for over two years. [Supernaw's CD 4 has since had two fatal shootings within the past six months (since June 1, 2020) plus another on the CD4/CD 2 border.]
LBPD does have an anti-gang unit which investigates shootings, identifies and locates suspects, makes arrests, testifies in court and handles related matters. But LB taxpayers no longer have an LBPD field anti-gang unit (20 budgeted officers + 2 sergeants deployed in gang-plagued neighborhoods where they consistently communicated, interacted and developed relationships with residents and businesses, observed conditions and collected intelligence.)
Each LBPD Division (North, South, East and West) also has a "Directed Enforcement Team" that handles specific assignments directed by each Division's Commander, which may or may not include gang issues. But the bottom line for LB taxpayers is that the Council previously funded an LBPD field anti-gang unit and Directed Enforcement Teams but now -- despite the Measure A ("blank check") sales tax increase -- LB taxpayers citywide and in gang plagued neighborhoods no longer have a field anti-gang unit.
A number of LB residents (and LBREPORT.com editorially) have urged the Council to restore funding for the field anti-gang unit without success. LBREPORT.com provides below a transcript of Councilman Supernaw's words at the April 30, 2019 Public Safety Committee meeting, effectively telling taxpayers to stop bringing up the issue.
Councilman Supernaw: I'm going to bring up a topic that has appeared before and that is field gang units, and to our esteemed chair here she's probably say "asked and answered" in her parlance but I think it bears repeating just so members of the community don't bring this up again.
In 2018, LB's Financial Management Department told LBREPORT.com that restoring 10 citywide deployable officers (fully turned-out/equipped) would cost (figure for rough budget estimate purposes) about $2 million. That would put the budgeted cost of restoring LBPD's field anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants) at a little over $4 million.
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