Man Shoots At Five Peeople, Misses Hitting Them, Strikes/Damages Parked Cars, Pine Ave. Just South of PCH; It's Area's Second Shooting Crime Scene Within Two Days (1st dist./Zendejas)
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(May 31, 2020, 9:55 a.m.) -- Residents/families in the area of Pine Ave./PCH had a second shooting within two days in the 1 a.m. hour Sunday (May 31). It's the sixth shooting crime scene since April 15 in LB's 1st Council district. An armed man shot at 3 men and 2 women as they walked to a vehicle parked in the area. The rounds missed hitting the group, but struck/damaged several vehicles in the area.
LBPD Watch Commander Lt. Shaleana Benson tells LBREPORT.com that officers responded at roughly 1:45 a.m. The armed suspect, described only as a Hispanic man, fled in a vehicle.
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, on May 29 a man was shot/wounded in the noon hour along PCH just west of Pine Ave. The area is a little over a mile due north of downtown LB's heavily promoted Pine Ave. dining/entertainment area. .
The shooting crime scenes are in the portion of the 1st Council district just south of its border with the 6th district. The two mainly working class Council districts have the city's highest number of shootings and homicides. In some months, their per capita shootings and/or homicides have exceeded that of Chicago (LBRPEORT.com coverage here and here and here
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In the 1st district, Mary Zendejas was elected to the City Council in a November 2019 no-runoff speecial election with over $100,000 in campaign contributions from corporate/development interests, government-affairs lobbyists and organized labor (reported in LBREPORT.com's Follow the Money coverage here, here, here, here, and here). Those sums were amplified by $30,000 from the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC, Mayor Garcia and imediate past 1st dist. Council incumbent (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez, who bypassed LB's voter-enacted contribution limits to candidate campaigns by giving $10,000 each to the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC which then used the sum to run an "independent expenditure" campaign (not legally bound by candidate contribution limits) to support electing Zendejas.
Mayor Garcia then appointed newly-elected Zendejas (with Council voted approval) to chair the Council's "Elections Oversight Committee" where she recently proposed increasing the amounts candidates can raise during election cycles. Zendejas will face 1st dist. voters in March 2022 (with fundraising slated to begin in March 2021.
In the adjacent 6th Council district, Council incumbent Dee Andrews (first elected in 2007, named by the Council as its Vice Mayor in mid-2018) suppiorted by the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC, Mayor Garcia and corporate/development interests. His opponent is supported by organzied labor.
1st dist: May 31, 1700 block Pine Ave., 1:45 a.m. man shoots at 3 men and 2 women, misses hitting them, rounds strike/damage multiple parked vehicles.
1st dist: May 29, 2020: 100 block W. PCH, noon-hour; man is shot/wounded
6th dist. May 21, 2020, 2300 block 17th St. (roughly three blocks east of Cherry Ave., about 6 blocks east of a May 16 Myrtle Ave. homicide listed below.) Approx. 8:40 p.m., a caller reports hearing shots fired; officers find a residence with a shattered window and evidence of a shooting, no persons hit.
6th dist: May 18, 2020, approx. 10:45 p.m. 100 block of W. PCH, shots heard, about an hour later, shooting victim (man/adult) turns up at St. Mary Medical Center; PD unable to speak with victim but believes related to PCH shooting
6th dist. May 16, 2020 homicide, area Gaviota at E. 17th St., police respond to shots fired call, find man fatally wounded in a parked vehicle. Victim ID'd as Austin Thai,27, of Gardena. Witnesses said a man (adult), possibly African American, ran from the scene after the shooting, motive unknown.
8th dist. May 12, 2020. 5500 block Ackerfield, approximately 5:00 p.m.,nearby vehicle and a residential building, both unoccupied, struck by gunfire and several casings; no victims have been identified and no injuries have been reported
6th dist.. May 12, 2020, 1700 block E. PCH, approx. 12:45 a.m. man (adult) struck by gunfire, victim believes shot came form a vehicle but unable to provide dsesciption..
2nd dist. May 4, 2020, 700 block Gaviota Ave., 12:45 p.m. a.m. casings found, no victims, structures or vehicles struck.
6th dist. May 3, 2020, 1900 block Lime Ave., approx. 1:30 a.m. LBPD locates casings in alley to the rear of location, no victims located, no buildings hit and no indication this was gang related.....
6th dist. May 2, 2020, 1300 block Orange Ave., approx.8:45 p.m., shots heard, caaings found, no persons, vehicles or buildings appear to have been struck
6th dist. May 2, 2020, 2100 block Locust Ave., approx. 8:20 p.m., multiple reports of gunshots, shooting vicitm found 2200 block of Earl Ave., transported by LBFD to a hospital in stable condition. Victim was with another man (adult) when a man shot at them after a brief verbal exchange. Evidence of a shooting found in area of Hill St./Locust Ave., vehicle in the area also appeared to have been struck by gunfire/evidence consistent with bullet impact. Shooting investigated as possibly gang related.
6th dist April 29, 2020: 1300 block MLK Ave. 8 a.m.hour, shooting to unoccupied parked vehicles, casings found and two parked vehicles had shattered windows; PD believs this shooting related to April 28 MLK/NY St. shooting
6th dist. April 28, 2020: MLK Ave. @ New York St., 11 p.m. hour, call re shots fired but no eividence of vehicle or shooting. (See above re April 29 shooting about 9 hours later.) .
1st dist. April 22, 1400 bloick Chestnut Ave., victim said suspect shot at him with handgun; PD says suepcted confronted the victim before the shooting; suspect was a man (adult); PD investigating shooting as gang related.
1st dist. April 22, 1400 block Summit St, approx. 5:30 a.m. (roughly 2-3 blocks from 1500 W. 19th no hit shooting below), man is shot; gang unit notified and responds; investigation ongoing.
1st dist. April 21, 1500 block W. 19th St. approx 11:15 p.m. casing and strike markes to an occupied home; no persons appeared hit (see April 22 shooting a little over six hours later).
1st dist: April 15, 1700 block Pine Ave., about 9:40 p.m., evidence of a shooting, no persons hit.
1st dist: April 17, 9th/Chestnut, one man (possibly two) hit by gunfire and several vehicles hit.
LBREPORT.com has repeatedly described the disproporitonate number of shootings and homicide experienced by residents and businesses in Central LB's predominantly working class 1st and 6th Council districts as LB's worst chronic inequity.
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