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Police have identified the man behind the shooting at the Redondo Beach Pier as 36-year-old Long Beach resident Kenneth Vessell, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.


The latest:

Two victims were taken to a nearby hospital, both were suffering from gunshot wounds to their lower bodies, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

  • A knife and handgun were recovered at the scene.

  • One of the victims was described as a man in his 40's, and the other was a teenage boy, per KTLA 5.

  • Police believe the suspect and the victims knew each other.

What happened:

Police responded to the pier about 8:20 p.m., Wednesday night on the 100 block of West Torrance Boulevard. At a press conference, sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean said the suspect fired a semi-automatic handgun randomly, striking two people, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • The sounds of gunfire sent people running in a panic, according to the LA Times.

  • A witness told the Times that a person believes the gunman, high-tailed over a rail and onto rocks that line the beach with police in pursuit.

  • Then the witness heard gunshots and saw the man fall.


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Former Long Beach police officer Yvonne Robinson was sentenced to two years of probation for leaking sensitive police information to a known gang member, per multiple reports.


Why it matters:

Robinson’s sentencing comes amid renewed scrutiny of policing in reaction to the murder of George Floyd and calls to de-invest public funding from police departments.

Flashback

Yvonne Robinson, a 13-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, was first charged in 2013 for allegedly providing information from police reports to a known member of the Insane Crips street gang.

  • The jury was presented with recordings of gang members discussing details of a murder investigation that Robinson allegedly provided during the trial.

  • Robinson was also accused of providing information about an assault case.

  • Near the end of the trial, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office says Robinson had a sexual relationship with her codefendant.

Where things stand:

Robinson was sentenced to two years of probation, with 80 hours of community service, but no probation officer.

  • Robinson’s attorney says they plan on appealing the conviction.

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Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department

Long Beach police say a 61-year-old man has died 9 days after being found unconscious with serious head injuries near Stern Street in Los Altos on Aug.15.


Details:

James McManus spent the last nine days inside the ICU at Long Beach Memorial Hospital after departing from Avenue 3 Pizza alone at about 10:00 p.m. on the night of Aug. 14th. McManus was later found at 4:46 a.m., with multiple injures, according to a press release by the LBPD.

  • Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances that led to McManus's untimely death.

  • McManus's wristwatch was not on his person when his body was discovered on a service road near Sterns Street and Carfax Ave in East Long Beach.

  • The Post reported that MacManus was found with "trauma to the front and back of his head," plus multiple contusions.

Where things stand:

Police asked residents in the area to review their home or business camera from Aug. 14, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. and Aug. 15, 2021, at 4:46 a.m. for any photo or video footage of the incident.

  • The Post reported that the LA County Coroner's office is waiting for information from the hospital treating McManus.

  • Police combed the area where McManus was found multiple times, according to the press release.

  • The family has created a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses.


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