|(March 13, 2021, 4:40 p.m.) -- Gunfire flew in the midnight hour today (Mar. 13) in the neighborhood a few blocks south of LBCC's Central LB campus (CD /Saro.). It's LB's 6th shooting since March 1.
LBPD PIO Stephanie Hall tells LBREPORT.com that at about 12:10 a.m. on March 13 officers responded to a shots call in the area of 15th St/.Gaviota Ave., found a victim (male adult) who wasn't hit by the rounds and also found evidence that a shooting occurred. PIO Hall says it appears a car was involved but the circumstances aren't yet clear as the investigation continues.
It's the sixth shooting (including a homicide) since March 1 in neighborhoods just south of PCH in Central LB.
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Shooting Crime Scenes Jan 1, 2021 to the present
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
The City of Long Beach currently provides LB taxpayers with a budgeted sworn police level for routine citywide deployment of roughly 1.6 officers per thousand residents.)
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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