|(Feb. 7, 2020, 11:35 a.m.) -- A 17 year old boy was shot/wounded last night (Feb. 6) in the 5800 block of Brayton Ave. (just north of South St., one block east of Orange Ave., 9th dist. near 8th dist. border.)
An LBPD statement describes a drive-by shooting and an LBPD spoksperson says detectives believe the shooting was gang-related.
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez says officers responded at about 9:55 p.m. to a report of shots heard, found evidence of a shooting (casings) and learned that a 17 year old male had been hit and transported himself to a hospital.
LBPD PIO De Prez says preliminary information indicates the victim was with a group of persons outside a residence when an unknown suspect(s) shot at him from an unknown vehicle. LBPD's investigation is ongoing.
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The maps below show fatal, non-fatal and no-person hit shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2018 to date.
For context, the second map shows shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.
LBPD no longer has a field-anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants in gang-impacted areas) specifically deployed in gang impacted areas as a result of budgets recommended by Mayors Foster and Garcia and approved by voted actions their respective previous and current Councilmembers.
For details on how LB lost its field anti-gang unit, click here.
In June 2016, after a six figure campaign funded in large part by LB's police and firefighter unions, LB voters approved the current Measure A General Fund ("blank check") sales tax increase which currently brings City Hall roughly $60 million in additional revenue each year. LB City financial management has indicated to LBREPORT.com that restoring 10 budgeted officers ("fully turned out" with required equipment and associated costs) would cost roughly $2 million annually.
In the upcoming March 5, 2020 special citywide election, LB's police officers union PAC is the largest single contributor to a political committee operated by Mayor Garcia currently urging voters to approve a measure (also titled Measure A) that would let City Hall continue collecting the sales tax with no specified expiration date.
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