Tragedy struck this past Monday afternoon in East Long Beach near Millikan High School, on the corner of Palo Verde and Spring, as an LBUSD school safety officer opened fire into a car, striking an 18-year-old.
The preliminary investigation by the LBPD suggests that the school safety officer was driving when they witnessed a fight between the victim and another teenager.
As the 18-year-old victim attempted to flee the scene of the fight by car, the LBUSD school safety officer approached the vehicle, which is when the officer drew their weapon, firing into the car as it drove away, which is when the victim was hit.
The 18-year-old victim has been reportedly brain dead for the past week since the incident occurred. The victim has been reliant on life support for the duration of their time in the hospital but is do to have it removed later today
LBUSD has placed their school safety officer on a paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation and the LBPD has yet to make an arrest.
Alternatively, the LBPD and LBUSD, in reaction to the incident, have increased the presence of school safety and police presence on and surrounding the Millikan High School campus.
This decision has sparked controversy throughout the city, seeing as their response to offer-involved gun violence is more officers.
The investigation is ongoing, we will provide updated information as it becomes available.