|(May 31, 2019, 6:06 p.m. updated from a.m. front page breaking) -- A man was shot -- and killed -- on Thursday night in Central LB (2300 block Elm Ave. between LB Blvd. and Atlantic Ave., 6th dist.).
It was LB's 15th FIFTEENTH shooting crime scene (hit + fatal + no-person-hit) since May 7, and came less than an hour before a no-person-hit shooting in NLB (area South St./Paramount, border 8th-9th districts, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
LBPD says in a release that at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, officers were sent to the 2300 block of Elm Avenue for an assault with a deadly weapon call, found a man (adult) in the street with a gunshot wound. Responding officers performed life-saving measures and requested assistance from LBFD Paramedics, who pronounced the man deceased at the scene.
LBPD identifies the victim as Antonio Macias, 39, of Long Beach.
In a mid-morning release, LBPD says a description of the suspect(s) and their motive aren't known for now. Any relationship between the victim and suspect(s) isn't known and "Detectives are working diligently to gather additional information, which is currently being investigated as possibly gang-related."
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For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings and stabbings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017
In the most recent LB shootings (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings):
Following the Elm Ave. homicide (15th shooting), LB had a 16th shooting (no-person-hit): NLB Shooting Misses Hitting Person Driving Area South St./Paramount Blvd. (border 8th/9th dists., coverage here)
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, following recommendations by then-Mayor Bob Foster, the LB City Council (which included then-Councilman Robert Garcia) erased over a period of years starting in 2009 (entering FY10) 208 budgeted citywide deployable police officers (over 20% of LB's citywide deployable level) including the elimination of LBPD's field anti-gang unit.
Under Mayor Garcia, despite LB voter approval of a June 2016 sales tax increase ("Measure A") now bringing City Hall over $50 million more annually, LB's current City Council has restored only 22 of the budget-erased officers, leaving LB without 186 officers (including a field anti-gang unit) that it previously had but no longer has. (LBRPEORT.com special coverage, here.)
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