|(March 2, 2021) -- Initial information is sketchy but a man who appears to be in his 60s or beyond was struck/wounded by gunfire at midafternoon Tuesday March 2 in the area of 17th.St/Gundry Ave. (south of LBCC Central LB campus, CD 6/Saro).
LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria says (early information) that the shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. and the victim suffered wounds described as "non-life threatening." Police don't believe the victim was the intended target of the shooting, PIO Arantxa said, She said two suspects were seen running from the scene.
The shooting puts Councilwoman Suely Saro's mainly working class Central LB Council district second in total shootings (13) since Jan.1, 2021 (includes a homicide.) NLB's CD 9 (Richardson) has had 14 (also including a homicide) since Jan.1, 2021.Shooting Crime Scenes Jan 1, 2021 to the present
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
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The City of Long Beach currently provides LB taxpayers with a budgeted sworn police level for routine citywide deployment of roughly 1.5 officers per thousand residents (down from roughly 1.6 per thousand prior to Septl. 2020 defuding,.)
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. [In 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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