Initial Time Checks Indicate Rapid LBFD & LBPD Response When Learned Drake Park Fight Became Horrific Double Shooting
Publisher's note: Context matters. In reporting the time periods below, we respect that family and friends came upon a horrific scene and the time periods involved must have seemed interminable. LBREPORT.com hasn't flinched at holding LB's Mayor and Council for thin police staffing and LBFD has separately acknowledged is own thin staffing in a recent City Council committee meeting. If the timelines indicated thin staffing were major factors, we'd say so...but initial checks by LBPD and LBFD PIOs from the records they have at hand indicate otherwise. We plan to pursue this story further with newsworthy facts as confirmed.
(Sept. 8, 2021, 4:55 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that LBPD and LBFD time checks of their units' responses indicate a fairly rapid response when notified by the City's Dispatch Center (operated by a City bureau outside LBPD) that a Sept. 3 Drake Park/Bembridge House area fight (900 block Park Circle) had escalated to a shooting.
LBREPORT.com has also learned that the City's Special Events/Filming Office says it also has no calendared record of a Sept. 3 special event scheduled by its office at the Bembridge House. (Some have speculated that such an event might have worsened chronic parking issues and led to "road rage" type anger that sparked the Sept. 3 shooting.) LBREPORT.com is aware that Bembridge House can be rented via LB Heritage for photo sessions and filming. LBREPORT.com is pursuing this but if there was an event on Sept. 3, we don't know at this point who organized it.
Information provided by LBPD Public Information Officer Allison Gallagher and LBFD Public Information Officer/Firefighter Brian Fisk is basically consistent.
At roughly 7:51 p.m., LBPD PIO Gallagher says the City's Dispatch Center (at the City's Spring/Redondo EOC, operated by a bureau within the City's Dept. of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications) received a report of a fight by a calling party. LBPD says the Dispatch Center's usual procedure is to treat most ongoing fight calls as a Priority 2 response -- not its fastest -- unless the fight involves a weapon or a shooting, which would escalate the response to Priority 1.
With the caveat that we don't have audio of the Dispatch Center's communications (yet), PIO Gallagher says LBPD's time filings indicate that the Dispatch Center notified LBPD at 8:07:24 that shots were fired. (We don't have an exact time (yet) when the Dispatch Center learned shots were fired but we're told Dispatch normally tells LBPD nearly immediately when shots are involved.)
LBPD PIO Gallagher says the first LBPD officer arrived on scene at 8:10:24 -- a response time from learning shots were fired of 2 minutes, 50 seconds. On viewing the horrific crime scene, the officer reported the two shooting victims.
LBFD PIO Fisk independently says his records indicate firefighters were dispatched about 8:10 p,m.. LBFD routinely "stages" its units just outside a shooting crime scene until LBPD officers enter to clear the area and declare it safe for firefighters to enter. We don't have LBFD's staging arrival time, but with staging time included, LBFD PIO Fisk indicated the first unit was at the crime scene at roughly 8:16 p.m....roughly six minutes from dispatch.
LBFD transported the patient at 8:22 p.m. A family member says she died on her way to the hospital.
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There's more to this story and LBREPORT.com is pursuing it.
LBRRPORT.com has also listed on our Facebook a GoFundMe page to help the bereaved family.
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