Armed Suspect Shoots At Two Women, Wounds One, 1400 block Cedar (Just North of 14th St. Park, Steps From Washington Middle School); It's Fourth Shooting Since Jan. 1 In Councilwoman Gonzalez's 1st Council Dist., Five Days After Shooting Within Six Blocks is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Jan. 23, 2019, 7:25 a.m.) -- An armed suspect fired shots at two women, striking and wounding one, last night (Jan. 22) in the 1400 block of Cedar Ave. (1st Council district/Gonzalez) just north of 14th St. Park and steps from Washington Middle School.

It's the fourth shooting in LB's 1st Council district (Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez) since Jan. 1...and comes five days after two men were shot-at (and one was hit/wounded) six blocks south in the 900 block of Cedar Ave.

Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in NLB.

For context, provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017. A separate map (not shown here) shows cumulated shootings during the period in NLB.

Lt. Richardson said the shooting is being investigated as gang related, and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.

On Jan. 15 (a week before the most recent shooting), LB Mayor Robert Garcia said in his "State of the City" message that 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. [ 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."

In August 2016, Councilwoman Gonzalez tried to cover'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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