|(May 11, 2019, 9:50 p.m.) -- Three people were shot -- two of whom were last reported in critical condition -- in the 3300 block of Andy Street, a one block residential street just north of South St. and west of Downey Ave. (9th Council district.)
Initial information from LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez tells LBREPORT.com that at about 6:15 p.m. officers responded to the location regarding shots fired, found evidence of a shooting, and preliminary information indicated that the shooting occurred in the street outside a residence...and three men (adults) self-transported to local hospitals with gunshot wounds. two of whom were last reported in critical condition.
There's no immediate suspect(s) description and no motive currently known. LBPD describes bystanders at the scene as "uncooperative during the preliminary investigation. LBPD's Gang Detectives have responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
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For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017. Doesn't include Central LB area shootings.
The Andy St. multi-victim crime scene is especially saddening to those familiar with the efforts of its residents to push back crime. Andy Street in LB is one block long and packed with 24 multi-family dwelling units. A little over 15 years ago, violent crime on the street reached the point where the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail to the area. Grassroots residents teamed with then-9th district Councilman (later Vice Mayor) Val Lerch and LBPD and successfully reduced crime.
But that was before Mayor Bob Foster and the LB City Council (which included then-Councilman Robert Garcia) erased over a period of years starting in 2009 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 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.
Less than a year ago on Aug. 6, 2018, a man (adult) was fatally shot in the same single block of Andy St. as the May 11, 2019 triple shooting.
On June 11, 2015, a man was shot/wounded on Andy St.
On April 4, 2015, a man was fatally shot nearby in the 2700 block of E. South St.
And on Feb. 22, 2014, a man was fatally shot on Andy St.
The Andy Street shooting is the third NLB shooting in the past four days. On Friday May 10, a man was shot/wounded inside a business in the 4900 block of Long Beach Blvd. (8th Council district, LBREPORT.com coverage here.) On May 7, a man was shot/wounded in the area of Market St./Pine Ave. (8th district, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
And earlier today (May 11), LB had a Central LB-area no-person-hit shooting with rounds hitting an unoccupied vehicle and building in the 800 block of Daisy Ave. (1st dist., LBREPORT.com coverage here..
The night before (May 10), gunfire was heard with casings found in the 1000 block of of MinervaPark (west of Rose Ave., 2nd dist., LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
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