|(May 12, 2019, 7:15 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned of ANOTHER shooting (on top of SEVEN shootings since May 7), this time on Sunday (Mother's Day) shortly before noon in the Poly High area (6th Council district.)
LBPD Public Information Officer Lt. James Richardson tells LBREPORT.com says in preliminary information that at 11:39 a.m. LBPD received a call regarding gunshots in the area of the 600 block of Esther St. (one block south of PCH near Atlantic Ave.) Officers located a crime scene; witnesses described two groups of people having been in an argument and a shooting followed.
No victims or suspects have been identified or have come forward at this point...and LBPD's investigation is ongoing.
Within a five day period (May 7-12), Long Beach has had eight shooting crime scenes (persons hit and no-persons hit): four in Central LB (dists. 1 + 2 + 6) between May 10-12 plus four in NLB (dists. 8 + 9) betwen May 7-11.
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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 eight shooting crime-scenes, four are in NLB (2 in 8th dist, 2 in 9th dist.) and four are in Central LB (2 in 1st dist., 1 in 2nd dist., 1 in the 6th)
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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