|(May 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m.) -- Circustances remain unclear but initial information indicates that shortly after 2 a.m. today (Weds. May 22), a man (adult) walking in the Hellman neighborhood (800 block Cerritos Ave., about a block north of 7th St. and east of Alamitos Ave., 1st Council district) was struck and wounded by gunfire. LBPD is investigating what happened and how it happened.
The shooting comes a little over a day after someone fired shots at a woman driving on Monday night in the area of 11th St./MLK Ave. (about three blocks north and three blocks west in 6th Council district.)
LBPD Public Information Officer Shaunna Dandoy provides initial information to LBREPORT.com indicating that at about 2 a.m. officers responded to a shots call in the 800 block of Cerritos Ave. later determined to be an assault with a deadly weapon. Responding officers found a man (victim) a short distance away who was walking outside when the shooting started. LBFD transported him to a hospital with a
LBPD's suspect is described (preliminary information) simply as a male; a motive for the shooting isn't currently known; Gang Detectives responded to the scene and their 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 NLB shootings.
In the most recent previous LB shootings (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings):
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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