|(Nov. 12, 2020, 5:45 a,m.) -- A man (adult) was shot/wounded and a male teen with him says he too was shot-at but not hit in the 500 block of E. Shoreline Dr. (roughly Linden Ave., south of the "Elephant Lot"/Covention Ctr surface parking lot.)
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Eric Hooker says (preliminary information) that on Nov. 11 at about 11 p.m. officers responded to the 500 block of E Shoreline Dr., found the man with a gunshot wound and a 16 year old male who said he'd been shot-at but was uninjured.
LBFD took the wounded man to a hospital in stable condition. There's no immediate suspect information and the motive is being investigated with the investigation ongoing.
On Sept. 19, gunfire flew a few blocks away at the "Pike" commercial center (area Shoreline Dr./Pine Ave.) with no persons hit.
On Aug. 9, in the Pike commercial area (midnight hour: Seaside Way/Cedar Ave.) a male juvenile was struck/wounded by gunfire.. By way of context, DTLB and adjacent Central LB areas have also had recent shootings.
On Nov. 5, three people were shot/wounded in the 700 block of Chestnut Ave. (1st dist.) and a few houes later rounds struck an unoccupied vehicle about a mile east in the 700 block of Olive Ave. (1st dist.) near St. Anthony Church.
On Nov. 8, a man (adult) walking near the area of PCH/Locust (a few blocks west of Poly High) says a silver vehicle pulled up alongside him and a man (adult) shot at him and fled the area. LBPD detectives believe the shooting was gang related.
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LBREPORT.com is unaware of any downtown or Central LB LB business or civic groups that publicly objected in City Council testimony to the Sept. 8 Council vote adopting a FY 21 City Hall budget (recommended by Mayor Robert Garcia) that defunded 48 additional police officers on top of 180+ officers erased in a 2009-2015 defunding. Among officers erased in the previous defunding (and not restored despite $60+ million annually from the 2016 Measure A sales tax increase) was LBPD's former field anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants.).The net result has left Long Beach taxpaying residents and businesses with a significantly thinner per capita police level than surrounding cities provide.
On Nov. 3, 2nd dist. residents voted to elect Cindy Allen, endorsed by Mayor Garcia, most Council incumbents and the LB Police Officers union (none of whom have adovcated restoring the field anti-gang unit for taxpayers) over Reform Ticket candidate Robert Fox.
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