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Gunfire In Willmore City (CD 1/Zendejas), Area 8th/Maine



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(April 3, 2021, 6:25 a.m.) -- Residents in LB's 1st Couucil district (Councilwoman Zednejas) historic Willmore City neighborhood heard gunfire on March 31.

LBPD Public Information Officer Allison Gallagher says that at about 10:30 p.m. officers were sent to the 800 block of Maine Avenue regarding a shots call and found evidence -- including a firearm and casings -- but a suspect and victim weren't visible.

Roughly 48 hours later, CD 1 had a double-shooting, leaving one man dead and another wounded in the WLB neighborhood of Summit/Canal (LBPD release here). The neighborhood is just blocks east of Cabrillo High and has been plagued for years by shootings, many with alleged gang involvement. One of the more notorious was the Oct. 2018 death of Jose Corrales, 69, killed in a drive-by shooting while he watered his lawn (not the alleged shooter's target.) click here.

Failing to restore funding for the field anti-gang unit takes place in the context of the Mayor/Council's defunding of additional police officers (Sept. 2020 Council budget vote, 9-0) that LB taxpayers previously had. The net result has left LB with a thin per capita police level of roughly 1.5 officers per thousand residents.) By comparison, L.A and Santa Monica budget roughly 2.43 and 2.49 officers per thousand residents respectively (not including LA Airport/Port police.) Signal Hill, surrounded by Long Beach, budgets roughly 3.15 sworn officers per thousand residents for its taxpayers.


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