|(March 15, 2021, 4:45 a.m.) -- In two days, the City of Long Beach has had four shootings. That makes nine shootings (person hit + not hit/casings found + plus a homicide>) since March 1.
In the most recent shooting, LBPD Watch Commander Lt. Scott Jenson tells LBREPORT.com that on March 14, 2021, at roughly 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a shots call and found the wounded man (adult) in the 3700 block of Long Beach Blvd. who said he was shot in a robbery in the 2600 block of 56th Way (CD 8/Austin.) LBFD treated the victim and took him to a hospital in stable condition; the suspect was described as a male adult and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.
>LBPD PIO Stephanie Hall tells LBREPORT.com that on March 14, 2021 at about 2:00 a.m. officers responded to reported gunshots in the area of 6500 Brayton Ave. Officers were unable to locate a victim but did find evidence of a shooting. There's no motive at this time.
March 13,2021 at roughly 5:34 p.m. LBPD responded to reported gunshots in the area of 1542 W. Willow St (CD 7/Uranga.) Officers didn't find a person hit but did locate evidence of a shooting. Gang detectives were already on duty and responded; no motive immediately known..
PIO Hall also says that on Mar. 13 gunfire flew at about in the midnight hour in the area of 15th St/.Gaviota Ave. (a few blocks south of LBCC's Central LB campus (CD /Saro)) A a victim (male adult) wasn't hit by the rounds but police found evidence that a shooting had occurred. PIO Hall says it appears a car was involved but the circumstances weren't immediately clear as the investigation continues.
Those four shootings occurred in the context of others, including a homicide.
On March 11: a man was fatally shot in the 1600 block of Stanton Place (CD 4/Supernaw, south of PCH and east of Cherry Ave.)
On March 8, 2021 in the 1100 block of E. 11th St. (CD 6/Saro), a woman standing in front of a residence with relatives says a sedan pulled up and someone fired shots at them. The rounds missed hitting people but officers found casings and an unoccupied vehicle and a building struck by gunfire.
On March 7, 2021 in the area of Temple Ave.,/Anaheim St. (CD 4/Supernaw), a man says he was shot while he was walking. LBPD found him in the area of 10th St/Temple Ave. along with evidence of a shooting (bullet casings and a parked unoccupied vehicle struck by gunfire.
On March 2 in the area of 17th St./Gundry Ave. (south of LBCC's Central LB campus, CD 6/Saro), a senior citizen was struck/wounded by gunfire at mid afternoon.
On March 1 in area of 4th St./Hermosa Ave. (Alamitos Beach, CD 2/Allen). LBPD found a man uninjured but also found evidence that a shooting had occurred.
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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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