|(Jan. 17, 2019, 11:03 a.m.) -- In the second shooting within two days in LB's 1st Council district (Lena Gonzalez), a man (adult) was shot and wounded this morning in the midnight hour Thursday (Jan. 17) in the 900 block of Cedar Ave. Two days earlier, a man was shot and wounded less than a mile due east in the 900 block of MLK Ave., also in the 1st district.
It's LB's third 1st district shooting since Jan. 1. The first was a Jan. 6 no-person-hit shooting in the area of 5th/Pine in downtown Long Beach. It came two days after Jan. 4 no-person-hit shooting at midday in DTLB in which gunfire hit parked vehicles but missed persons in the 600 block of Ocean Blvd. (2nd dist.)
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez tells LBREPORT.com that at about 12:55 a.m. on Jan. 17, officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 900 block of Cedar Ave. and learned two men (adults) had been walking north on Cedar when they heard shots and one of the men was hit. LBFD transported the wounded man to a hospital with
The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to officers' arrival. Officers found evidnece of a shooting in the southbound lane of the 900 block of Cedar Ave.
LBPD gang detectives responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing
For context, LBREPORT.com 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.
On January 15, Mayor Robert Garcia said in his 2019 "State of the City" message that violent crime had decreased over 16% since 2017, citing a citywide statistic that didn't state conditions in LB's 1st Council district which had LB's highest number of homicides in 2018...and didn't mention restoring any further police officers for taxpayers (including LBPD's former field anti-gang unit) following LB voters' 2016 approval of the Measure A ["blank check"] sales tax increase.
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 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.
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