|(Jan. 7, 2019, 9:40 a.m .) -- In the second "no person hit shooting" in downtown Long Beach within the past two days, LBPD confirms that a suspect opened fire on a group of people in the area of Pine Ave./5th St. (1st Council district, Lena Gonzalez) shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 6) but missed striking any individuals. As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, in the noon hour Friday (Jan. 4) someone fired shots in the 600 block of E. Ocean Blvd. (west of Alamitos Ave., 2nd Council district, Jeannine Pearce), striking and damaging two parked vehicle but missing individuals
Regarding what happened on Jan. 6, LBPD Public Information Officer Benjamin Hearst tells LBREPORT.com that surveillance video shows that at about 1:50 a.m., a male (age uncertain) suspect shot at a group of male victims in the area of 5th St. Pine Ave. The victims fled the area on foot and the suspect fled in an unknown type of vehicle.
PIO Hearst indicates that at roughly 8:30 a.m. (over six hours after the Pine/5th shooting) LBFD sought LBPD's assistance in the 400 block of Pine Ave. where a building with vacant commercial space on the ground floor and residential units above had a window (in the vacant commercial space) that appeared to have been shot out. PIO Hearst indicates the bullet(s) traveled and struck a building south of the location.
LBPD says a motive for the 5th/Pine shooting is unknown and its investigation is ongoing
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|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.
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