Vehicle Driving In Area 10th/Gaviota (CD 2/Allen, border CD 6/Saro) Struck By Gunfire; A Few Minutes Later, A Man Turns Up At Local Hospital With Gunshot Wound
|(July 25, 2021, 10:30 p.m.) -- In the third Long Beach shooting within 24 hours -- and remarkably similar to a shooting that occurred in the same area on July 6 -- at least three male victims were in car driving in the area of 10th St./Gaviota Ave. (CD 2/Allen, border CD 6/Saro) when it was struck by gunfire. During LBPD's investigation, a man (adult) was dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
Initial information by Watch Commander Lt. Bob Titus is sketchy. On July 25 at 7:47 p.m., LB's communications center received a hit and run call and multiple shots calls at 10th St and Gaviota Ave. Once officers arrived, they determined the calls were all related. Officers located three male victims who were driving in a car that was struck by gunfire. During the investigation a man (adult) was dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. LBPD's investigation is ongoing. LBREPORT.com will have more on this as confirmed.
The latest shooting is the third within 24 hours (2100 block Pine (CD 6), 700 block W. 16th St. (CD1)) AFTER a double shooting (with one homicide) in LB's "downtown entertainment district" (200 block N. Pine. CD 2/Allen.)
It's the second time this month that residents of the 10th/Gaviota area had a shooting under similar circumstances. On July 6, two parked unoccupied vehicles were struck by gunfire. While officers responded to the crime scene, a shooting victim (a man/adult) turned up a local hospital, who told officers he was driving near the 1000 block of Gaviota with two adult pasengers when an unknown male suspect approached his vehicle on foot and shot him.
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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 erased in budgets 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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