UPDATE: LBPD Investigators Now Believe It was 31st LB shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no-persons hit) since May 7
It was 31st LB shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no-persons hit) since May 7
|(July 5, 2019, 2:20 p.m.) -- Updating a story reported shortly after dawn July 4th by LBREPORT.com, LBPD Public Information Officer Arrantxa Chavarria tells LBREPORT.com that LBPD's preliminary investigation has led investigators to believe that 1 a.m. hour gunfire in the area of PCH/Gaviota-Walnut (near Chittick Field/just east of LBCC) that cuused officers responding to a hit run/incident to take cover and prompted a SWAT callout/closure of PCH for several hours was likely multiple shooters involved in a separate incident not targeting the officers.
PIO Chavarria said LBPD Chief Robert Luna conveyed this preliminary information to rank and file officers later in the day July 4th via an internal memo [rank and file responders would have additional cause to be concerned if officers were being targeted] and the updated information was provided to LBREPORT.com today (July 5) by LBPD PIOs and DePrez (as PIOs were out of the office July 4th.)
The updated information confirms LBREPORT.com's decision at the time to treat the gunfire as the 31st shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no persons hit) within 58 days. (Since then, on the evening of July 4th, a bullet flew through the window of a woman's home in the Wrigley district (area Chestnut Ave./Burnett St.) in the 32nd shooting crime scene in 58 days, LBREPORT.com coverage here.) PIOs Jennifer DePrez and Chavarria both indicated that LBPD's investigation of the PCH incident is continuing.
Shortly before dawn July 4th, LBREPORT.com learned and LBPD's overnight Watch Commander indicated in preliminary information that officers were investigating a possible hit and run in the 1600 block of E. PCH (roughly Gaviota/Walnut Ave.) when they heard gunfire, took cover and [apparently because the shots were nearby] it appeared that some person(s) were firing at the officers. LBPD activated SWAT and blocked off PCH in both directions from Cherry to Orange Aves.
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.
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Map below shows shootings in between Jan. 1, 2014 and December 31, 2017.
On July 2, in response to LB's 29th shooting crime scene (July 1) in which a man was fatally shot and a boy wounded in the 1200 block of MLK Ave.), LBPD announced in a release that it will utilize "Neighborhood Safe Streets" [General Fund budgeted] funding to "deploy additional resources in key areas and increase high visibility patrols along the Anaheim Street corridor and throughout the South Patrol Division."
In FY13, a Council under former Mayor Foster erased LBPD's field anti-gang unit (LBREPORT.com detailed coverage here) and Councils under Mayor Garcia haven't restored the field anti-gang unit despite voter approval of the June 2016 Measure A "blank check" sales tax increase (bringing City Hall roughly $60 million annually.)
Failing to restore funding for the field anti-gang unit also occurs in the context of the Mayor/Council's failure to restore 186 citywide deployable police officers that LB taxpayers previously had, leaving LB with the thin per capita police level chart and details here.)
At the April 30, 2019 Public Safety Committee meeting, 4th district Councilman Daryl Supernaw (took office May 2015, seeking re-election in March 2020) described current staffing as basically still providing the same anti-gang functions as previously. Below is a transcript of a salient portion of that April 30, 2019 agenda item.
Councilman Supernaw: I'm going to bring up a topic that has appeared before and that is field gang units, and to our esteemed chair here she's probably say "asked and answered" in her parlance but I think it bears repeating just so members of the community don't bring this up again.
(Audio of the full agenda item (LBPD testimony plus Councilmembers' responses) runs about 22 minutes. LBREPORT.com has made it easily accessible on-demand at this link.)
[LBREPORT.com commented at the time: "Councilman Supernaw hasn't applied similar reasoning to justify the Mayor/Council's failure -- despite his persistent efforts -- to fund restoration of Fire Engine 17 at Station 17 (Argonne Ave.) in the eastern part of his district. He hasn't tried to justify the status quo by arguing that Engines 5 and 19 already perform a similar "function" to what Engine 17 performed. That's because the status quo is less on a serious public safety matter than what LB taxpayers previously had and deserve."]
The 31 shooting crime scenes (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings) are:
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