Man And Woman -- LB Residents In Their 50s -- Driving In Neighborhood About A Block South of LBCC's Central LB PCH Campus Are Shot And Killed is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(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.

Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in NLB

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For context, provides a map below showing cumulated shootings in the area Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017:


Sponsor 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):

  • Nov. 15 10th/Locust (1st dist.)
  • Nov. 11 Atlantic/Burnett (6th dist.)
  • Nov. 10 PCH/Henderson (border 1st/6th)
  • Nov. 10: 200 block Pacific (2nd dist. parked vehicle hit, rounds miss its two occupants)
  • Nov. 7: 20th/Pine (6th dist.)

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. has a continually updated chart on our front page ( showing cumulated shootings and fatal shootings by Council district.




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