|(May 12, 2019, 5:50 a.m.) -- Within a four day period (May 7-11), Long Beach has had seven shooting crime scenes (persons hit and no-persons hit): four in NLB (dists. 8 + 9) and three in Central LB (dists. 1 + 2.)
Barely three hours after three people were shot/wounded at the southeastern edge of the 9th Council district (Andy St.), a man was shot/wounded on May 11 along E. Artesia Blvd. west of the L.A. river, east of LB Blvd. in the NW corner of the 9th district.
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Byron Blair tells LBREPORT.com that on May 11 at about 9:10 p.m., a man (adult) was shot/wounded in the 200 block of E. Artesia Blvd. (west of L.A. River.) Initial information is sketchy. Officers respnded to the location; found evidence of a shooting and were notified that a man (adult) had come to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. LBPD Gang Detectives were notified and their investigation is ongoing.
The Artesia Blvd. shooting comes just over six hours after a May 11 triple-victim shooting on Andy St. (9th dist., LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
A day earlier on May 10, a man was shot/wounded inside a business in the 4900 block of LB Blvd. (8th dist., LBREPORT.com coverage here.) And on May 7, a man was shot/wounded at Market St./Pine Ave. (8th district, LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
Those four NLB shootings within four days (May 7-11) follow two
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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.
Meanwhile, within a two day period -- May 10 and May 11 -- Central LB had three shooting crime scenes: a
Of the most recent seven shooting crime-scenes, four are in NLB (2 in 8th dist, 2 in 9th dist.) and three are in Central LB (2 in 1st dist., 1 in 2nd dist.)
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 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.
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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