|(Nov. 20, 2020, 10:10 a.m.) -- A fight at a NLB "after-hours" event -- that LBPD says was attended by roughly 50-75 persons at a closed NLB business -- left a man shot to death in the 1300 block of E. Artesia Blvd. near Orange Ave.
LBPD says it's seeking the publicís help in gathering additional information to further the ongoing investigation. 'Detectives believe other attendees may have cell phone video footage from the event and possibly of the shooting. We urge individuals who attended the event to contact detectives and provide a statement and/or video footage."
In a release, LBPD says officers responded at about 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 19 to reports of a reported shooting. "While officers were responding, "numerous citizens called 911 to report a fight occurring in the area along with gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located the male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Officers began life-saving measures and requested paramedics. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and rendered medical aid. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. At this time, the victim is only being identified as a male of an unknown age, pending identification and notification to next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coronerís Office."
LBPD says its preliminary investigation indicates an afterhours event was being held at a closed business on Artesia Boulevard. The victim attended the event with approximately 50-75 other attendees. A dispute occurred between the victim and suspects(s) which led to a shooting. The suspect(s) fled in an unknown direction. The exact motive for the shooting and additional suspect information is currently unknown."
LBPD saus "Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard and Ethan Shear at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
The NLB homicide leaves the 9th Council district (Richardson) with the same number of fatal shootings since June 1 as Central LB's 1st Council district (Zendejas) (although the 1st district has double the number of other shootings, esceeding all other LB Council districts.) (See LBREPORT.com shooting dashboard here.)
The fatal shooting comes just days after the City Council approved an ambitious plan (advanced for years by Councilman Richardson) to rebuild Artesia Blvd. into an improved thoroughfare (traffic planners insist on including bike lanes and "complete streets" pedestrian elements) funded in large part by taxpayer "grants" from various agencies.
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