LONG BEACH, Calif.—An 18-year-old woman was shot in the head by a Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) security officer while driving inside a car from the scene of an earlier brawl, she was on life support. Was on Sept. 29, her family said she was brain dead and would not survive.
18-year-old Mona Rodriguez was shot just after 3 p.m. Monday in the area of Palo Verde Avenue near Spring Street and Millican High School.
Long Beach police said they responded to the scene in response to an alleged shooting, and officers found the woman with at least one gunshot wound. Police said he was shot in the upper body, but his family said he was shot in the head.
According to police, an unidentified LBUSD school security officer was driving in the area when he saw a woman involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old girl on the road. Investigators determined that a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the brawl, although the level of their involvement was not immediately known.
When the woman, man and boy attempted to leave the scene in a vehicle, school security officers approached the car and opened fire on the vehicle as the driver was pulling away, driving the woman inside.
Video of the shooting posted online shows the unidentified officer firing at least two shots at the car.
Millican High School confirmed in a statement that no students were injured in the shooting.
Police said investigators determined that the woman, identified by the family as Rodriguez, started the original dispute and that she and the 15-year-old girl “know each other”, although the motive for the dispute was unknown, police said. he said.
Relatives said Wednesday that Rodriguez was brain dead and would not survive, although she remained on life support as family bid her farewell. She is the mother of a 5 month old baby.
Rodriguez’s boyfriend of two years and the boy’s father, Rafeel Choudhury, got emotional outside Long Beach Memorial Care Hospital, saying, “I want my girl, my baby momma, the love of my life.”
Asked what he would say to the public safety officer who shot Rodriguez, Chowdhury said, “I want him in jail, brother.”
“I want her in jail for what I did to my girlfriend,” he said.
“She didn’t deserve it. I can’t even sleep at night. I’m going crazy for myself, you know. I’m used to seeing her 24-7.”
“… my girl is no longer living. I want her to stay in jail and face trial for what she did to my girl.”
Family spokesman Naji Ali said the security officer had no excuse for shooting into the car.
“I want to know, where is the resentment?” Ali said. “Where is the concern from the mayor of Long Beach, to the people in the city council, to the leaders. I have been in this hospital from the moment I heard that he was shot in the head, to try to support and help the family. I have come here. I showed no concern for the victims to the mayor, the city council, our elected leadership.
Long Beach Police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office are both investigating the shooting. The security officer of the school who opened fire has been sent on leave.
“The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and the female adult was taken to a local hospital where she is in critical condition. At this time, no additional injuries are reported,” the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) said in a statement.
The LBPD said on Twitter that “no employees of the Long Beach Police Department were involved during the incident.”
Rodriguez’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral arrangements. Page states that Rodriguez’s family includes his mother, four brothers and a sister.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times