|(May 31, 2019, 5:40 p.m.) -- Less than an hour after a man was fatally shot in Central LB (2300 block Elm Ave., 6th dist.), someone shot at a person driving in NLB on South St. near Paramount Blvd. (border 8th/9th districts.)
These were LB's 15th and 16th shooting crime scenes since May 7.
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez tells LBREPORT.com that on Thursday May 30, 2019, at about 10:35 p.m., officers responded after an individual reported someone fired shots at him while he (the victim) was driving on South St. near Paramount Blvd. The rounds missed hitting the victim or his vehicle but responding officers found evidence of the shooting with shell casings in the street.
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For context, LBREPORT.com provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017
(LBREPORT.com will report the fatal Central LB shooting separately at this link.)
The South St./Paramount gunfire comes three days after a man was shot/wounded in the 200 block of E. Plymouth St., across from Addams Elemenary School (May 27, 8th dist., LBEPORT.com coverage here)
In addition to the May 31 South/Paramount no-person-hit shooting, NLB has had six additional shooting crime scenes (hit + no person hit) since May 7:
Central and West LB have had eight additonal crime scenes (hit + fatal + no person hit.)
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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