The Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter in Carson which accommodated 38 people displaced from their homes by a police encounter on Monday, April 29. Officers chased a suspect from South Los Angeles to Grace Avenue in Carson, where the man who allegedly shot at officers barricaded himself in a home.
At the request of the City of Carson, neighbors were evacuated to the City of Carson Community Center and accommodated by the Red Cross during the standoff which started mid-afternoon. As hours went by the Red Cross provided dinner to those affected. And, the shelter remained open through the night to give exhausted residents a place to rest until the police were able to apprehend the person involved. The shelter closed at 7:00 AM Tuesday morning. Ten Red Cross volunteers from the area and Southwest Duty Officer Phil Barker helped organize the logistics.
"Phil did a great job getting everything started so quickly,” says Margaret Arbini-Madonna, CEO Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters. “All the volunteers who answered the call deserve a big pat on the back for taking care of our neighbors in need all throughout the night. I am grateful for each and every one!"