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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.


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.


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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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.


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.