Updated at 4:30 p.m. with additional crime concerns beyond the burglary mentioned.
Belmont Shore area parents and other residents concerned about crime including last month's Belmont Park armed burglary have been invited to a community meeting tonight at Rogers Middle School with Long Beach Police Commander Michael Beckman.
Beckman, commander of the East Division that includes the Shore, Naples, Belmont Heights and other nearby neighborhoods, said he wanted to inform people of good safety precautions and updates for those alarmed by the Jan. 31 break-in and gunfire, which did not wound the resident.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and should last about an hour in the Rogers Auditorium, into which you enter from Monrovia, between Appian Way and Vista Avenue.
Two parents had inquired with the Lowell Elementary School principal Sam Platis about campus lockdown procedures, Beckman said, and that led him to reach out to Rogers Middle School Principal Tom Huff. Then he spoke with Lowell PTA President Kim Erkman and Rogers PTA President Andy Walker, to pull the school communities together to meet.
"In a nutshetll, I thought it was a good opportunity to give [people] sone insight to what happened that day, our police response, children's safety, some lockdown protocols," said Beckman. "The principals thought it would be a good idea to call parents....Councilman Gary DeLong and Tom Hickma, the Long Beach Unified School District school safety police chief, will also be there.
"I'm hoping for a good crowd," added Beckman, "and I'm ooking forward to hopefully reassure parents...to allay some fears."
Residents were rightly alarmed to learn hooded intruders had kicked in the front door of a home in the 300 block of Santa Ana, near Appian Way sometime after about 8 a.m. that morning two weeks ago. Mom and son had pulled away to school drop-off, and Dad told Patch he went to shower.
There was an odd thud, and the Dad said he rushed out with a towel into the hallway. Three figures with black hoodies were in the hall; one fired a gun at Dad and he said it lodged in the door he then ran behind. He did not want his name used because the suspects aren't in custody.
His wife returned home to find the door had been kicked or broken down and he heard her calling his name, which is when he called 9-1-1. Police patrol cars lined up near the Appian Way corner as a police chopper circled above. Hundreds of students and their parents were walking, cycling or driving through the area, bound for the schools.
But on Wednesday, Patch readers added some other recent crime increases in the neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, including bike and purse theft, robberies and auto break-ins.