|(May 18, 2019, 5:35 a.m., updated 12:15 p.m.) -- In the midnight hour Saturday (May 18), SIX people are shot -- a 57 year old grandmother (resident of Ontario) is dead and five adults are wounded -- in a parking lot behind a business in WLB in the area of PCH/ Canal Ave. (1st Council district, about a block E. of Santa Fe.)
It's Long Beach's ELEVENTH shooting crime scene (persons hit + "no persons hit" shootings) within eleven days (since May 7) and comes three days after a
In a release, LBPD says its Homicide Detectives "believe a group of people were gathered in the parking lot of a local business that borders an isolated, industrial area in West Long Beach for a vigil for an individual who had recently died, when an unknown number of suspects began shooting." LBPD says a Marine Patrol officer was in the 1600 block of West Pacific Coast Highway when he heard the gunfire; he notified the LB Communicattions Center and additional units descended on the scene. LBFD prounounced the 57 year old woman deceased at the scene (identification pending notification of next of kin.) LBFD transported three men (adults) and one of the women to a hospital (with that woman in critical condition.) Another woman took herself to a hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
LBPD's release states: "The Long Beach Police Department is utilizing all its resources to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors city-wide. Patrols have been augmented in all areas of the city, providing additional officers to respond to calls for service."
LBPD asks anyone with information to call Homicide Detectives Malcom Evans or Robert Gonzales at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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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 LB shootings (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings):
On Friday (May 17), LBPD put a statement on its Facebook page:
[LBPD statement] Over the past weekend [May 10-12], the LBPD saw an increase in shootings throughout the city. At this time we do not believe any of the incidents are related to each other. Gang Investigations Detectives and Patrol Officers are working together in an effort to bring the responsible parties to justice. To increase safety citywide, we have augmented patrols in the areas where these incidents took place, having additional officers responding to calls for service."
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.
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