Man Is Shot/Wounded (Dispatch Location: Anaheim St./Pacific Ave.) It's Sixth Shooting Crime Scene In Councilwoman Gonzalez's 1st Dist. Since Jan. 1, Two Days After Man Murdered/Woman Wounded Blocks Away (Anaheim St./Locust Ave.)
|(Jan. 25, 2019, 11:50 p.m., updated Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m.) -- Long Beach's 1st Council district (Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez) just had the sixth shooting crime scene (technically seventh shooting, one with two victims) since
Initial information via LBPD Watch Commander Gerry Prieto is understandably sketchy. Lt Prieto tells LBREPORT.com that at about 10:26 p.m. (Jan. 25) officers were sent to the area of Anaheim St./Pacific Ave. regarding a shooting that had just occurred; they found a man (adult) wounded who was transported by LBFD to a hospital. Responding officers are attempting to get further info.
[Jan. 26 8:30 a.m. update per LBPD PIO: No suspect information or motive for the shooting at this time; the investigation is ongoing. [Jan. 26 11:30 a.m.] The shooting victim went into surgery and was last reported in critical condition.[end updates.]
On Jan. 23, a man was fatally shot following an altercation just blocks away in the area of Anaheim St./Locust Ave.; a second victim was wounded at the same crime scene; a woman (adult) who was a bystander and hit by the gunfire. A day before the homicide, a woman was shot/wounded in the 1400 block of Cedar Ave. just steps from Washington Middle School.
The 1st Council district has had six shooting crime scenes since
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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