Shootings were on the rise during the past week in Long Beach and police officials Saturday promised to put more officers on the streets in response.
Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, the Long Beach Police Department issued a statement saying, “We have experienced an increase in violent crime in the past week and it is our shared responsibility to stop this senseless violence.”
The statement followed the shooting death of 25-year-old Egary Baide at 2:40 p.m. Friday on the 1500 block of Elm Avenue, near 17th Street. A check of official press releases indicated it was the second homicide of 2021.
The statement noted an increase over the past week in victims shot in the North, West and South patrol divisions and a shooting death, other non-hit shootings and “various violent crimes that have occurred citywide during this same period.”
City News Service asked LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria for the number of shootings and other violent crimes.
“We do not have figures at this time — but five shootings in 24 hours, including the murder is an obvious increase,” she said.
The statement promised that detectives were investigating the incidents and following up leads.
“We are utilizing Neighborhood Safe Streets overtime funding to deploy additional units and increase visibility in the affected neighborhoods,” officials Tweeted. “We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our residents and will continue to identify solutions to address the increase in violent crime.”