UPDATE: Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Woman Wounded Anaheim/Locust; It's FIFTH Shooting In 1st Council District (Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez) Since Jan. 1. And there was a second shooting victim, a woman (bystander struck/wounded by the gunfire)
And there was a second shooting victim, a woman (bystander struck/wounded by the gunfire)
|(Jan. 24, 2019, 6:20 a.m., updated 9:30 a.m. and 11:55 a.m.) -- It's the fifth shooting in LB's 1st Council district (Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez) since Jan. 1, the second in two days.
A man (adult) involved in an altercation was fatally shot in the area of Anaheim St./Locust Ave. A there was a second victim of the shooting: a woman (adult), a bystander struck by the gunfire and wounded. It's the 12th homicide in Councilwoman Gonzalez's district in 13 months/since Jan. 1, 2018, whose Council district leads all others in homicides in that period.
The area is just south of the eastern end of 14th. St. Park.. Less than 24 hours earlier, a woman was shot/wounded in the 1400 block of Cedar Ave. (just steps from Washington Middle School.)
In a mid-morning release, LBPD states that at roughly 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 23, officers were sent to the 200 block of E. Anaheim St and found a man on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound; LBFD pronounced the victim (a 24-year old Compton resident) deceased at the scene; LBPD's preliminary investigation indicates he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspects immediately prior to the shooting. A woman (adult) bystander, not related to the decedent or involved in the altercation, was hit by gunfire and treated at a hospital for a
"The suspects are described as three male African American adults driving a dark colored four-door SUV," LBPD states in its release, adding: "A motive for the shooting remains under investigation."
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.) . A separate map (not shown here) shows cumulated shootings during the period in Central.
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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