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    There Was a Third Shooting In Area 11th/Molino Over May 8-9; LBPD East Division Commander Urges Area Residents To Stay Aware Of Their Surroundings and Report Suspicious Activity Immediately

    (May 14, 2004) -- has learned that there was a third shooting over the weekend of May 8-9 in the area of 11th St. and Molino Ave. It's one we didn't know about until now.

    LBPD's East Division Commander, Linda Beardslee, who provided with the information, indicated that the Department is working on the possibility that the three shootings may be related...and possibly gang related.

    Commander Beardslee said residents of the area should be aware of their surroundings -- not alarmed, but aware -- and should report suspicious activity via 9-1-1, including things like groups of people gathering, especially in the evening hours.

    Commander Beardslee said LBPD appreciates residents who've reported the shots-fired incidents...and would be very grateful to hear about suspicious activity when it takes place...things like people hanging around on the street or other neighborhood behavior that appears out of place.

    "If residents see suspicious activity, things like groups gathering or people arguing especially in the evening hours, we would welcome having residents call us as it happens," Commander Beardslee said. She added that suspect descriptions thus far have been sketchy and "accurate suspect descriptions would be extremely helpful."

    Commander Beardslee indicated that a third shooting took place over the weekend of May 8-9. It happened on May 9, shortly before 9:00 p.m. in the 1100 block of Molino Ave. LBPD responded to a shots fired call; one person reported 2-4 shots; a second person likewise reported shots, then found plaster fragments on the floor...and realized a bullet round had gone through the wall.

    As previously reported by, two shootings occurred in the same general area on May 8: one shortly before 10:00 p.m. (no one hit) and another 22 hours earlier just after midnight (one person hit in the torso).

    Commander Beardslee said police are working on the possibility that the three shooting incidents, and others, may be related -- and possibly gang related...although it's not been established at this point.

    Commander Beardslee said detectives are working on the cases and officers in the area are mindful of the shootings.

    Residents who spot suspicious activity can reach LBPD directly by dialing 9-1-1.

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