|(March 17, 2021, 5:15 p.m.) -- Long Beach three shootings on March 16 (including a previously reported homicide.) On the same night as LB City Councilmembers voted (9-0) not to allocate any portion of $208 million in federal COVID-19 City Hall relief funds to restore police offices thinned by recent and previous Council defundings), Long Beach had two more shootings following a homicide earlier the same day
LBPD Public Information Officer Allison Gallagher says that on March 16 at about 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Myrtle Ave. (border CD 1/Zendejas and CD 6/Saro) regarding a shooting. They found two victims who said they were in front of a residence when an unknown dark-color sedan drove up, an unknown male suspect fired shots, and then fled the scene. The persons weren't hit but officers found casings and a building struck by gunfire.
Less than an hour later in the 100 block of Aquarium Way, officers responded to a parking lot regarding a shooting that had just occurred. They found evidence of the shooting, including casings, and prior to officers' arrival a man (adult) was transported by a friend to a hospital with a gunshot wound (non-life-threatening.)
"The preliminary investigation revealed that the two victims were driving through a parking lot when an altercation occurred. As the victims drove away, an unknown male adult suspect shot at their vehicle, striking the passenger. The second victim did not sustain any injuries. "The shooting appears to be gang-related," LBPD PIO Gallagher says..
The two evening shootings came on the same day (March 16) that a man was found shot to death in the 1700 block of Alamitos Ave. (CD 6/Saro) the gateway between LB's Cambodia Town and DTLB. LBPD detectives say the homicide occurred in the 1 a.m. hour although the victim wasn't found until about dawn and pronounced deceased at the scene. (LBPD detectives believe two suspects approached the victim (a man in his 30's) on foot and at least one suspect (perhaps both) opened fire on the victim and then fled in a vehicle last seen headed north on Orange Ave. toward PCH.
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
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In previous Aquarfiuma/Pike area shootings:
By comparison, L.A and Santa Monica budget roughly 2.49 officers per thousand residents (not including LA Airport/Port police.) Signal Hill, surrounded by Long Beach, budgets roughly 3.15 sworn officers per thousand residents for its taxpayers. [** July 2020 update: LA's City Council adopted a FY202-21 budget that reduced funding for LAPD that will produce a budgeted level by summer 2021 of roughly 2.43 officers/thousand.]
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