Multiple investigations are underway after a school safety officer allegedly shot a woman near Millikan High School in Long Beach, California, on Sept. 27.
The incident occurred at approximately 3:13 p.m. when a Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) school safety officer was patrolling around the campus, ensuring safe passage for students leaving Millikan High School. An altercation broke out near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue and the school safety officer approached a group of individuals for investigation.
During the course of the investigation, the school safety officer discharged his firearm and a woman was struck by gunfire, according to an official statement released by LBUSD on Monday night.
According to a video posted online, the school safety officer approached a car parked in the driveway of a shopping plaza. As the officer walked up to the passenger side of the car, the driver immediately drove away and the officer pulled out his gun and fired two shots at the car.
Officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) arrived at the scene and determined that the LBUSD safety officer was involved in this shooting incident and struck a female adult in the upper body.
LBPD said that the school safety officer was driving when he observed a physical altercation between an 18-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl on the street. Two young age males were also involved in the assault and tried to flee the scene with the 18-year-old suspect after a school safety officer approached their car, according to the preliminary investigation information obtained by The Epoch Times.
The female adult sitting in the passenger side struck by the gunfire was immediately sent to a local hospital.
“Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the female adult to a local hospital where she is in critical condition. At this time, no additional injuries have been reported,” LBPD said in a statement.
The department said additional sources would be deployed to the area surrounding Millikan High School to ensure student safety.
The LBUSD reported that no student was injured and additional staff will be at Millikan High School to support students.
LBPD said that “no Long Beach Police Department employees were involved during the incident.”
LBPD claimed the investigations are still underway and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will also be conducting an independent investigation of the incident.