Police investigate Monday morning gunfire after spate of weekend shootings

Police were investigating another report of gunfire Monday morning after a weekend that saw a string of shooting incidents, mostly in the Central Long Beach and Wrigley areas.

Nobody was wounded in the latest incident, which was reported around 12:35 a.m. Monday in the 4900 block of Daisy Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Two neighbors reported they were inside their homes when they heard gunshots and then saw the bullets had hit the building where they live, according to LBPD spokesman Brandon Fahey.

Officers found the strike marks and bullet casings but had no information on a motive or possible suspects, Fahey said.

Long Beach has been experiencing a spate of gun violence.

On Saturday and Sunday, police were investigating half a dozen separate incidents of gunfire. At least three people were wounded in those shootings, authorities said.

In response, the LBPD said it “increased resources in the affected neighborhoods in an effort to safeguard the community.”

Gun violence has been on the rise in Long Beach this year. The number of shootings reported in January was the highest in at least five years. There were 57 shootings reported that month, including 24 where someone was wounded and 33 where nobody was hurt, according to police data.

In February, there were 34 reports of gunfire, significantly higher than the 19 reported in February 2020, according to police data.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with a statement from the LBPD.

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