Two Men Shot -- One Is Dead, One Is Wounded -- In Heart of Downtown Long Beach In Area Broadway/Pine (200 block N. Pine)
|(July 24, 2021, 5:40 a.m., updated 4:15 p.m.) -- Two men were shot -- one is dead, one is wounded -- in the heart of downtown Long Beach's "Entertainment District" in the area of Broadway and Pine (200 block N. Pine) (CD2/Allen.) In a midday release, LBPD says it's investigating the shooting as "possibly gang related" and the shooting victim wounded (not killed) was an unintended target.
It's the second multi-victim shooting in the downtown Long Beach area since a gang related June 26 drive-by triple shooting in the Pike (south shore) area and follows multiple other shootings in the past several weeks in impacting mainly Long Beach working class neighborhoods (central and north Long Beach.)
[UPDATE] In a midday release (July 24) LBPD states:
On July 24, 2021, at approximately 1:20 a.m., officers assigned to the Downtown Entertainment District heard gunshots nearby. Due to increased staffing in the area, officers responded within seconds to the 200 Block of North Pine Avenue. They located two victims, which later resulted in the death of a male adult.
Officers immediately observed a crowd gathering around a male adult laying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso. A person identified as an off-duty nurse rendered aid to the victim until Long Beach Fire personnel arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The decedent has been identified as 36-year-old Javante Fearence of Long Beach.
Officers also located a second male adult victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. The second victim was transported by Long Beach Fire personnel to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives believe the suspect, a male adult, and the victim were involved in a verbal dispute when the suspect produced a firearm and shot the victim. The suspect fled on foot northbound on Pine Avenue. The second shooting victim is believed to have been an unintended target. The murder is being investigated as possibly gang-related.
Our Department will continue to utilize our investigative and patrol resources, plus all available technology to bring the person responsible for this crime to justice. Detectives are reviewing video footage evidence in the area in the hope of identifying the suspect.
In an abundance of caution, the Police Department will continue to have increased staffing in and around our downtown entertainment areas....
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Initial information wss sketchy. LBPD overnight Watch Commander Shaleana Benson saids on July 24 at about 1:20 am, officers responded to Broadway and Pine Ave regarding a shooting and found a Good Samaritan rendering aid to a man (adult) with gunshot wounds to the upper torso
The victim was transported to a local hospital by LBFD where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officers contacted a second man (adult) with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper torso
Officers descrfibe the suspect as a male adult.
A preliminary investigation indicates the victim and suspect had been involved in a verbal dispute which escalated to a shooting
The motive is unknown. Homicide responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
The City of Long Beach (LA County's second largest city) has a thinner per capita police level than Los Angeles, roughly the equivalent of cutting over a third of LA's police officers (based on FY21 Long Beach budgeted citywide deployable non-contracted officers.) The City's police level is set by the City Council.
In September 2020, the Council defunded 48 officers on top of roughly 180 officers that a previous Council defunded from 2009-2014. Amid calls by some to reduce LBPD's funding further, on July 19, 2020, the Council adopted a Mayor.Mgm't-supported "safety recovery plan" that will spend roughly $8.6 million on various items including backfilling/maintaining LBPD's current level but not restoring any of the now roughly 230 budgeted officers Long Beach had but no longer has.
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