angel – According to a lawyer for the woman’s family, the 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head by a Long Beach Unified School District resource officer will soon be taken off life support.
Mona Rodriguez’s family attorney, Luis Carrillo, told Granthshala 11 late Thursday that Rodriguez will be removed from life-saving equipment on Friday, October 1. The latest comes a day after his family revealed that Rodriguez had been declared brain dead after the shooting.
Rodriguez is the mother of a 5-month-old boy.
The Long Beach Police Department responded to a shooting call near Millican High School shortly before 3:15 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, officers learned that an 18-year-old woman had been shot in the head by Millikan’s school resource officer near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue.
According to a statement issued by the Long Beach Unified School District, the resource officer was responding to an alleged fight between the woman and a 15-year-old girl. The Long Beach PD said that when Rodriguez, a man and a boy tried to leave the scene of the fight in a gray car, the school’s resource officer opened fire.
Police say Rodriguez was sitting in the front passenger seat when she was shot.
Community activist Naji Ali told Granthshala 11 shortly after the shooting that Rodriguez was on life support.
“I want to know, where is the resentment?” Ali said during a news conference on Wednesday. “Where’s the concern from the mayor of Long Beach, to the people on the city council, to the leaders. I’ve been in this hospital from the moment I heard he was shot in the head, to try to support and help the family.” “I’ve been here. I haven’t seen the mayor, the city council, our elected leadership expressed any concern for the victims.”
On Tuesday night, his friends were seen leaving candles and prayers at the shooting site.
School officials say no student was injured in the firing and there was no indication that any student was involved. No one from Long Beach PD was involved in the shooting.
According to Long Beach PD, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the brawl. However, police are investigating their “level of involvement” in the fight.
The Long Beach Unified School District issued the following statement on Monday:
“At approximately 3:13 p.m. on September 27, a Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) school security officer conducted an incident in the area of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue while piloting a safe passage for students leaving Millican High School. The school security officer contacted a group of individuals to investigate a dispute, and during that investigation, the school security officer discharged his duty weapon and one person was struck by bullets. Long Beach The Police Department is investigating the facts surrounding the incident, and LBUSD defers any questions related to that investigation. At this time, no injuries have been reported by any Millican High School students. Pending Police Due to the investigation, we cannot share any additional details.
Additional staff will be at Millican High School tomorrow to assist students. LBUSD encourages students and families to contact the Long Beach Police Department with any information about this incident.”
The shooting is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
City News Service contributed to this report.