|(UPDATED November 18, 2018 from initial Nov. 17) -- Updating a story flashed on our front page, a man and a woman -- both LB residents in their 50's -- were shot and killed while driving in Central LB on Saturday night (Nov. 17) in the 1300 block of E. 17th St. (between Alamitos and Gundry Aves.), south of LBCC's PCH campus.
LBPD's release says that shortly after 5:45 p.m., arriving officers found "a vehicle stopped in the middle of the street, and the driver and front passenger had sustained gunshot wounds to their upper torso." LBFD pronounced the female driver deceased at the scene; her male passenger was pronounced deceased at a hospital.
LBPD identifies the victims as Sandra Coleman, 55 of Long Beach, and Don Sims, 55, of Long Beach.
There's no immediate suspect information. LBPD is investigating the homicides as gang related and says a motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
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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 notes that it's LB's fifth shooting crime-scene since Nov. 10 and the sixth since Nov. 7 (recent non-fatal shootings listed below):
Applying federal uniform crime reporting rules, the Nov. 17 double-shooting is counted as two shootings with two homicides. It brings LB's 2018 fatal shootings to 29, 10 of which were in the 6th district (Vice Mayor Dee Andrews), exceeded only by LB's 1st Council district (Councilwoman Gonzalez) with 11 fatal shootings
LB's most recent prior homicide was also in the 6th district, just north of LBCC's PCH campus...the same area as a March 2018 homicide.
Four days prior to the Oct. 23 homicide, a man (adult) was shot/wounded roughly a block north of nearby Poly High in the area area PCH/Lime (also in the 6th district.) The 6th dist.has also had the second highest number of non-fatal 2018 shootings since August 1, 2018, second only to the 1st district which has had the city's highest number.
LBREPORT.com has a continually updated chart on our front page (www.LBREPORT.com) showing cumulated shootings and fatal shootings by Council district.
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