Homeless Man Shot To Death, 9th St./Daisy Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas)
|(June 25, 2021, 5:15 p.m.) -- Just hours after a man was found shot to death (June 24) in his vehicle in the 1400 block of Cedar Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas), a homeless man was found shot to death in the area of 9th St./Daisy Ave. in the Willmore City Historic District (also in CD 1/Zendejas.)
In a release, LBPD states that on June 25 at about 3:04 a.m., officers were sent to a report of a shooting victim at the intersection of 9th St/Daisy Avenue. On arrival, officers found a man (adult) on the sidewalk near the intersection, suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso. Officers performed life-saving measures until LBFD personnel arrived and determined the victim deceased at the scene.
The victim has been identified as a 31 year old homeless man (his identity withheld pending notification to next of kin.) The motive for the shooting remains under investigation by Homicide detectives and there's currently no suspect information.
Since Jan. 1, 2021, the mainly working class Council district represented Zendejas has had the highest number of shootings of any LB Council district: 31 (includes fatal shootings + woundings + casings/strike marks with no victim visible.]) Adjoining CD 6/Saro has had 30.
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Since Jan. 1, Zendejas' CD 1 has had six fatal shootings (the city's highest number); Saro's adjacent CD 6 has had four.
Zendejas and Saro, like their Council colleagues, have failed to restore LBPD's field anti-gang unit (22 sworn positions) among roughly 200 sworn officers erased by a previous Council (2009-2014) that included then-Councilman (now Mayor) Robert Garcia. In Sept, 2020, Zendejas and Saro voted (with their Council colleagues, 9-0) to support a FY 21 budget that defunded another 48 sworn officers.
LBREPORT.com has repeatedly referred to the disproportionate number of shootings experienced by residents and businesses in CDs 1 + 6 and NLB CDs 8 + 9 as a chronic inequity, an unjust "tale of two cities."
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