Triple Shooting Outside Shoreline Dr. Hooters; Two Men and A Juvenile Standing Outside Are Hit, Shots Came From A Vehicle
One bullet goes through restaurant's front door; one victim staggers inside, leaving blood on floor
VIDEO: Chief Luna says LBPD was already deploying more officers using overtime after multiple shootings in other parts of town; he credits the heavy deployment with swiftly detaining three persons of interest
|(June 27, 2021, 4:50 a.m.) -- This time the shooting -- LB's fourth in four days -- wasn't in some working class neighborhood. It was a triple shooting -- three victims: two men and a 13 year old boy -- in an apparent drive-by in downtown LB's upscale shoreline area (Shoreline Dr. at Aquarium Way (south of Chestnut Pl.) as they stood outside Hooters (south of the Pike and a few steps east of the Aquarium.)
In the 7 p.m. hour amid Saturday diners, visitors and others in the area, one bullet flew through Hooters' front door (missed hitting diners) and one of the three wounded individuals staggered into the restaurant leaving blood on the floor.
LBREPORT.com was on-scene for a 9 p.m. hour briefing by LBPD Police Chief Robert Luna -- VIDEO click here -- who said LBPD was already using overtime to deploy additional officers in response to LB's other recent shootings which enabled officers already in the shoreline area to swiftly detain three persons of interest in the shooting. With the caveat that initial information might change, Chief Luna said the shots came from a vehicle. Asked by LBREPORT.com about possible gang involvement, Chief Luna said it was "on the table" [a possibility under investigation.]
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Social networks lit up with initial information. LBREPORT.com used our Facebook platform (embedded on our front page) to flash confirmed information.
As of the 4 a.m. hour, one of the shooting victims (unclear which one) initially listed in critical condition was out of surgery and in listed in critical but stable condition [source: LBPD overnight Watch Commander Shaleana Benson].
This story is continuing to develop with updates to follow on LBREPORT.com.
Since Jan. 1, Zendejas' CD 1 has had 31 shootings (fatal + wounding + casings recovered); Saro's adjacent CD 6 has had thirty one, while CD 2 (Cindy Allen) had eight (prior to the June 26 triple shooting.)
The City Council has thus far declined 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, Councimemers voted 9-0 to support a FY 21 budget that defunded another 48 sworn officers on top of the roughly 200 not restored.
As indicated above, Chief Luna acknowledged that LBPD has relied on overtime to deplly additional officers in response to recent shootings (including three homicides) in other parts of Long Beach.
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