|(June 5, 2019, 8:25 p.m., UPDATED w/ LBPD new info June 6, 4:30 p.m.) -- Long Beach just had its NINETEENTH shooting crime scene...and it's a double NLB homicide in broad daylight along Atlantic Ave. about a block north of Market St. (8th Council district.)
In a release today (June 6) following preliminary information yesterday, LBPD says two men were shot in the 5500 block of Atlantic Ave. -- and both died from their wounds -- one pronounced deceased at the scene, the other taken to a Gardena hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
LBPD says in its release that officers responded to a person with a gun call at 4:20 p.m. June 5 in the 5500 block of Atlantic Ave., found a man with gunshot wounds and began performing life-saving measures; LBFD responded and determined the victim was deceased at the scene. He's identified as Kevin Williams, 32, of Lynwood.
LBPD Detectives learned that a second victim was wounded and taken by a private vehicle to a Gardena hospital where he did not survive his wounds. The identified of the second victim, a 29 year old man from Mississippi, is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The relationship between the two victims is under investigation.
LBPD says "Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances and interviewing witnesses to learn how the victims sustained their injuries and a possible motive for the shootings." It urges "anyone with any information to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Hubbard and Garcia at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
The June 5 shooting comes less than a week after some person(s) shot at a man driving along South St. at Paramount Blvd. on the border of the 8th/9th Council districts (coverage here,) and nine days after a man was shot/wounded near the front door of Addams Elementary School (200 block E. Plymouth St., 8th Dist., (coverage here)
LBREPORT.com has a full list of the 19 shootings since May 7 below.
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For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, following recommendations by then-Mayor Bob Foster, the LB City Council (which included then-Councilman Robert Garcia) erased over a period of years starting in 2009 (entering FY10) 208 budgeted citywide deployable police officers (over 20% of LB's citywide deployable level) including the elimination of LBPD's field anti-gang unit.
Under Mayor Garcia, despite LB voter approval of a June 2016 sales tax increase ("Measure A") now bringing City Hall over $50 million more annually, LB's current City Council has restored only 22 of the budget-erased officers, leaving LB without 186 officers (including a field anti-gang unit) that it previously had but no longer has. (LBRPEORT.com special coverage, here.)
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