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Steve Propes

Sunday, February 20

Scott St. and Long Beach Blvd. At 11 a.m., a man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the lower body. Using the hiding-in-a-dumpster strategy, when found by police, Ronnie Ray Garcia, 29, gave up. With the gun found in the dumpster, Garcia was booked for attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a person; bail at $1 million.

Tuesday, February 22

6900 block of Paramount Blvd. At 4:20 p.m., Miguel Rodriguez, 41, of Walnut Park, was shot multiple times in his upper body at the parking lot of a business in an apparent “targeted attack.” Rodriguez died at the hospital.

2500 block of Santa Fe Ave. At 8:15 p.m., police located evidence of a shooting, no victim, who had self-transported to a hospital, telling police he was sitting in his car in a parking lot when he began arguing with a man, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the upper body with non-life-threatening wounds.

Wednesday, February 23

Warren Ave. and East Werner St. At 8 p.m., a man suffered gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body. Taken to the hospital, listed in stable condition. Gang detectives were called in.

2100 block of Atlantic Ave. At 7:47 a.m., a motorist collided with Chidi Benjamin Uzomah, 37, who allegedly stabbed the man in the upper body before fleeing. At about 8 a.m., a man sitting in his vehicle downtown, a driver, believed to be Uzomah, rammed his car into him, got out and slashed his tires. This victim was not injured. At 8:16 a.m., a man was stabbed in the upper body in north Long Beach. Both the first and third stabbing victims were transported to a hospital, expected to survive. The word got out; at 10:11 a.m., Huntington Beach police arrested Uzomah at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in their city; booked for attempted murder, felony vandalism and hit and run; bail set at $1 million.

Friday, February 25

Seventh Street and Locust Ave. At 6 p.m., a DUI checkpoint yielded two arrestee-drivers for DUI, three for driving with a suspended/revoked license, six for unlicensed driving and one lonely vehicle impounded.

Saturday, February 26

Carson St. west of Bellflower Blvd. At 2:15 p.m., about 50 members of a motorcycle club sporting trademarked colors and required helmets rode west on Carson Street. At the Flite Room at Lakewood Boulevard, they pretty much filled up the parking lot of two businesses. From the north, came a similar group of the same club at 7 p.m.; open question being, where to park the new arrivals?

Seventh St. and Cherry Ave. After a 11:05 p.m. hit-and-run with a parked car, the driver of the offending black Honda stopped at the corner, faced down a witness with a cocked pistol, who took off running, the witness, not the pistol. Authorities were called in to mediate. At 11:15 p.m., police responded to reports of shots fired from a black Honda at the 1900 block of Eighth Street.

Sunday, February 27

1103 E. Broadway. About 40 firefighters doused a second-alarm fire at a two-story apartment building at 6:30 a.m. with units on the second floor “fully involved” in flames. Extinguished in about 15 minutes, no injuries, but seven residents displaced.

Tuesday, March 1

6600 block of Rose Ave. At 10 p.m., a speeding 2014 Dodge Ram crashed into an apartment building, killing resident Jose Palacios Gonzalez, 42, and injuring his three-year-old daughter who later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The male driver in his 20s fled the scene. The owner of Bottoms Up Tavern said the driver of the pickup truck had several beers at her bar, then drove on Artesia Boulevard at an “insanely high rate of speed, fishtailing,” and making a left on Rose Avenue.

Wednesday, March 2

Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. At 4:20 p.m., a full grown man was laying atop and attempting to strangle a goose, violating acceptable animal husbandry.

1700 block of W. Anaheim St. At 7:25 p.m., a man driving in an alley; the driver of a dark-colored SUV opened his car door while pointing a gun. Told to exit his car, he fled, heard gunshots. The carjacker stalled the car, left in the SUV that brought him, wondering why his foolproof plan failed.

Ocean Blvd. and Granada Ave. At 10 p.m. a racing Dodge Charger and a Dodge Challenger donut-ed near the beach.

Friday, March 4

100 block of Pacific Ave. At 11:16 a.m., a male was shot in the lower body at Lincoln Park, resulting in the small skate park being closed for fun and skinned knees.

Saturday, March 5

5100 block of E. Second St. At 5 p.m., a smash of a window and grab of a Rolex watch. Perps wielded a crowbar or instrument of pain at the head of an interceding human. The four suspects possibly carjacked a four-door Kia.

Ximeno Ave. and 15th St. At 6 p.m., a resident without electricity for 24 hours called the Edison Company, told power could require five additional days, wind and all.

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