|(February 1, 2019, 2:50 p.m..) -- Long Beach's 1st Council district (Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez) just had its seventh shooting crime scene of 2019, this time in the predawn hours today (Feb. 1) with three victims, a woman and two men, who were shot-at but not hit.
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez tells LBREPORT.com that on February 1, 2019 at approximately 2:47 a.m., officers were sent to the 300 block of west 14th Street regarding a shooting and found a woman (adult) and two men (adults) were fired-upon but not hit by gunfire. The suspects fled the area; LBPD's Gang Detectives responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing
The crime scene was in the area just north of 14th St. Park at roughly Cedar Ave. (Washington Middle School neighborhood) about a mile due north of LB City Hall.
Ten days earlier on Jan. 22, a woman was shot/wounded in the 1400 block of Cedar Ave. On Jan. 23, a man (adult) was shot/killed and a woman (bystander) was shot/wounded a few blocks away in the area of Anaheim St./Locust Ave. On Jan. 6, the 1st Council district had a "no person hit" shooting in downtown LB in the area of 5th St./Pine Ave. (in the area of the November 2018 Dia de los Muertos event organized by Councilwoman Gonzalez.)
In his Jan. 15 "State of the City" message, LB Mayor Robert Garcia said violent crime had decreased over 16% since 2017, citing a citywide statistic that didn't reflect conditions in parts of LB that experience disproportionate levels of violent crime. [LBREPORT.com has editorially called this a "tale of two cities" and LB's worst inequity.]
The next day (Jan. 16), Councilwoman Gonzalez sent a mass emailing telling recipients that the Mayor had said "overall crime is down, with record-low homicide rates" and added "My staff and I work hard to ensure that the First District is a fun and safe place for all people to work, live, and play."
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For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017 (covers Councilwoman Gonzalez's incumbency which began mid-July 2014, preceded by Councilman (now Mayor) Robert Garcia.)
In August 2016, Councilwoman Gonzalez tried to cover LBREPORT.com's camera lens when we asked following the 1st district's community budget meeting if she'd favor restoring more than 8 officers recommended by Mayor Garcia entering FY17. The Council has since voted to restore a total of 22 citywide deployable officers to date out of 208 erased by former Councils that included Gonzalez' predecessor, then-Councilman Garcia.
Among officers not restored to date is LBPD's former field anti-gang unit.
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