|(May 12, 2019, 6:45 a.m.) -- A man was shot/wounded in the 900 block of Daisy Ave. (1st Council dist.) on Saturday night May 11. It comes less than seven hours after shots were fired a block south in the 800 block of Daisy Ave. hitting an unoccupied vehicle and a building (LBREPORT.com coverage here..)
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Byron Blair tells LBREPORT.com that at about 9:50 p.m. on May 11, LBPD responded to reports of shots fired in the 900 block of Daisy Ave.; officers located a man (adult) wounded by gunfire; LBFD responded and treated the victim on scene (non-life-threatening-wounds.). Gang detectives responded and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.
Within a four day period (May 7-11), Long Beach has had seven shooting crime scenes (persons hit and no-persons hit): three in Central LB (dists. 1 + 2) between May 10 and 11 plus four in NLB (dists. 8 + 9) betwen May 7 and 11.
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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.
For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings and stabbings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017
Within a two day period -- May 10 and May 11 -- Central LB had three shooting crime scenes: in addition to the May 11, 9:50 p.m. shooting in the 900 block of Daisy Ave. there was 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.) On May 11, the 9th dist. had two shootings within a little less than three hours: a triple-victim shooting on Andy St. (LBREPORT.com coverage here) and a person shot/wounded in the 200 block of E. Artesia Blvd. (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.)
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.
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