Continuing Inequity: Man Is Shot To Death on PCH Near Cherry; Mainly Working Class Central LB Area Has Had 20 of LB's 23 Shooting Crime Scenes Since April 15; Its Three Incumbents (Zendejas, Andrews, Supernaw) All Supported By LB Police Officers Union
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|(June 14, 2020) -- Just hours after a man (adult) was fatally shot in the 3 a.m. hour June 9 in the 2500 block of E. PCH near Orizaba Ave.), LNPD homicide detectives followed investigative leads to a hotel in the 4500 block of Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles and arrested a 29 year old man and a 34 year old woman on suspiciion of the murder.
"Based on their investigation, [LBPD] detectives believe a dispute ensued between the victim and [the male suspect] which escalated into a shooting. Detectives believe [the female suspect] was an active participant in the shooting and assisted Odell in fleeing" to L.A. after the shootiung, LBPD says in a release.
It was LB's 23rd shooting crime scene (homicides + persons wounded or not hit with vehicles/buildings hit) since April 15...20 of which dsproporitonately impacted working class areas in LB's 1st district (Zendehas), 6th (Andrews) and the western portion of LB's 4th Council district (Supernaw.)
On June 6, within a two hour period, two Central LB neighborhoods in two adjoining Council districts had three more shooting crime scenes.
In the first, LBPD Public Information Officer Lt. Jam,es Richardson says officers responded at about 9:35 p.m. to shots fired in the area of 17th St/ Gundry Avenue, confirmed a shooting had occurred and in a preliminary investigation determined that a vehicle containing four men (described as male Blacks) pulled up to a group of subjects standing in the area. "Two of the suspects exited the vehicle with guns and fired into the group. Two adult females were struck by the gunfire. Both received non-life threatening injuries and were treated at a local hospital. There is no known motive at this time and the investigation is ongoing."
In a second, Watch Commander Lt Robert Bernsen told LBREPORY.com that a woman was shot/wounded in the area of 17th/Orange. It's uncertain if the victim and the suspect knew each other; the motive is unknown.
And in a third, LBPD Public Information Officer Lt. James Richarson says that at about 11:20 p.m., callers reported shots heard in the area 400 block of E. 16th St. (at roughly Elm Ave.) Responding officers found bullet casings in the street but no victims came forward and no vehicles or structures were found hit at the time.
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, within a recent six week period (April 15 through May 31 ) Long Beach had 20 shooting crime scenes [persons hit (including a homicide) and pesons-not-hit (vehicles or buildings damaged/hit)], 17 of which disproportionately impacted working class areas in LB's 1st and 6th Council districts.
[LBREPORT.com has repeatedly described the disproportionate number of shootings and homicide experienced by families and businesses in LB's predominantly working class 1st and 6th Council districts as a "tale of two cities" and LB's worst chronic inequity.]
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|LB's 1st and 6th Council districts are represented by incumbents either recently elected (1st dist Zendejas) or repeatedly re-elected/now facing re-election (6th dist. Andrews) with the financial support of the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC and LB Mayor Robert Garcia (who has cited "citywide" instead of Council district-focused crime stats in stating "crime is down.")
LBPD crime stats don't separately report shootings. Like many law enforcement agencies, LBPD includes shootings within "aggravated assaults," which satisfies federal reporting standards but makes it difficult to access data on LB shootings. This is a discretionary action enabled without objection for years by the LB City Council. (In Los Angeles, LAPD does provide shooting crime stats in its publicly released stats.) LBREPORT.com independently tracks shootings, confirming each one prior to reporting them.
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