The mother of a 14-year-old boy shot outside Millikan High School in Long Beach was taken off life support on Tuesday after doctors determined she had no chance of recovery.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (CBSLA) – According to their attorney, an 18-year-old lady who was shot by school safety officer Eddie F. Gonzalez at Millikan High School in Long Beach will be taken off life support on Friday, against her family’s wishes.
Mona Rodriguez, the mother of a 5-month-old infant, was recognized by the family. Rodriguez is on life support and her family believes she will not survive. She was not enrolled as a student at the institution.
An attorney for the family has asked the state attorney general to look into the matter.
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Rafeul Chowdhury, her boyfriend, stated sadly, “I just want justice for my daughter, my baby mama, my love of my life that I can’t get back ever again.” “I’m at a loss as to what to do with my 5-month-old kid.”
A Long Beach Unified School District public safety officer shot Rodriguez in the head after interfering in a dispute between her and a 15-year-old girl outside the school. While the Long Beach Police Department examines what occurred, the officer has been put on paid leave.
On Monday afternoon, outside the school, the cop was seen on camera firing two bullets at a gray vehicle as it raced away with its tires squealing in the vicinity of Palo Verde Avenue and East Spring Street. Aidan Altobello, a student, had recorded the footage on his phone.
(Photo courtesy of Aidan Altobello)
He added, “I simply saw two ladies arguing, and one got in the vehicle, and that’s when they ran away and the guy fired at them.”
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Chowdhury’s car’s rear passenger window was blown out by one of the bullets. Rodriguez, who was riding shotgun in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s vehicle, was hit in the upper torso at first.
Shahriear Chowdhury, who was in the back passenger seat, claimed one of the bullets went through the door and he might have been hit in the ribs. “The other got Mona by going through the window.”
According to Long Beach police, a 20-year-old male and a 16-year-old kid were also engaged in the original altercation, but their participation is still under investigation.
The officer’s actions are being investigated by the Long Beach Unified School District. “Our school safety officers are employed to safeguard the physical safety of our employees and kids on and around campuses,” Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker said in a statement. They have received extensive training and are held to the highest professional standards. Those criteria will be utilized to evaluate the event from yesterday.”
There have been no arrests.
The district has 11 school safety officers who get the same training as police officers at academies.
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The Long Beach Police Department is still investigating the incident. An independent investigation of the event will be conducted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.