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Mona Rodriguez. Courtesy GoFundMe.

An attorney representing the family of Mona Rodriguez, an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head by a Long Beach Unified School District safety officer, says she will be taken off life support on Friday.


Why it matters:

The Rodriguez shooting comes a year after the death of George Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked widespread condemnation of police brutality.

  • The school safety officer has been facing criticism for his use of force in deciding to fire his gun into a moving car.

  • The family's attorney, Luis Carrillo, said Mona is brain dead and that the family decided to remove her from life support, per Fox 11.

  • Rafeul Chowdhury, Rodriguez's boyfriend and father to her five-month-old son, told the media at a press conference outside of Long Beach Memorial Hospital, "I want justice for my girl, my baby momma, the love of my life."

Keep this in mind:

Although the officer's name has not been made public, Long Beach Unified spokesman Chris Eftychiou said on Thursday that the district is attempting to announce the officer's identity and term of service, per the Post.

Context: According to the Long Beach Police Department, a school safety officer was driving and saw a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl near Millikan High School and attempted to intervene.

  • When Rodriguez, a male adult, and a teenager attempted to flee in a 4-door gray sedan, the school safety officer approached the sedan and fired his gun in the rear passenger side window hitting Rodriguez in the head.

What they're saying:

  • Vice Mayor Rex Richardson wrote on Twitter, I’ve followed this tragic incident over the past few days. It is truly disturbing and heartbreaking. My sympathies are with the family of Mona Rodriguez and the Millikan High School community. Schools and guns don’t mix."

  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia writes that "The city is heartbroken over the horrific and tragic shooting of Mona Rodriguez by a Long Beach School District safety officer. We are praying for her family," and continues the emphasize that the officer "was not a city employee."

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Updated: Sep 30


An 18-year-old woman is on life-support after a Long Beach Unified School District safety officer shot her in the head. She was in the passenger seat of a moving car, according to her family.

The latest:

The victim is 18-year-old Mona Rodriguez; the family says she is currently on life support.

  • Rodriguez's boyfriend Rafeul Chowdhury told the media she is brain dead and that the family is preparing to take her off life support.

  • FOX 11 reported that Rodriguez's friends were leaving candles and prayers at the site of the shooting.

  • The school safety officer who shot Rodriguez is on administrative leave.

What happened:

According to Long Beach Police, the shooting occurred on Monday, just after 3:00 p.m., at a shopping center parking lot around Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue, near Millikan High School. A school safety officer was driving when he watched a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl in the street, and that Rodriguez initiated the altercation.

  • When Rodriguez, a male adult, and a teenager attempted to flee in a 4-door gray sedan, the school safety officer approached the sedan and fired his gun in the rear passenger side window.

  • Investigators think Rodriguez and the 15-year-old girl knew each other.

  • The two other passengers, one an 18-year-old was Rodgriguez's boyfriend and the other a 16-year-old boy.

  • Long Beach Police are handling the investigation.


Yessica Loza, Rodrigez's cousin-in-law created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a funeral, lawyers, and her child.

  • Loza wrote that Rodriguez was "shot behind her head," and that she is on "life support at the moment."

  • Rodriguez has a five-month-old son, and a family spokesperson told the media there is a low chance for her to recover.

  • The GoFundMe page has received above $4,457.


Photo via GoFundMe page for Rodriguez

What they are saying:

Family spokesperson Najee Ali said, "I want to know, where is the outrage?" Ali said. "Where is the concern from the mayor of Long Beach, from the City Council people, from the leaders. I've been at this hospital from the very moment I heard that she was shot in her head, to try to support and help the family. I've been here. I have not seen the mayor, city council, our elected leadership show any concern for the victims."

  • Rafeul Chowdhury, Rodriguez's boyfriend, and her son's father told the media, "I want justice for my girl, my baby momma, the love of my life," and that he wants the school safety officer "in jail for what he did to my girlfriend."

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the latest statements from Rodriguez's boyfriend and a family spokesperson.

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One woman was wounded after an L.B.U.S.D school safety officer fired multiple times into a moving car in a shopping center parking lot near Millikan High School Monday afternoon, according to the Long Beach Police, the school district, and online video footage.

Details:

According to the L.B.U.S.D, the shooting occurred off-campus at about 3:13 p.m., when an armed school safety officer " approached a group of individuals to investigate an altercation."

  • The police would add that the "subjects attempted to flee in a vehicle," that's when the school safety officer approached and fired his gun, and shot a woman in the upper body.

  • Police closed off parts of Snowden and Palo Verde Avenue and L.B.P.D tweeted that none of their officers was "involved in the shooting."

  • The Post reported a fight broke out near Spring Street and Palo Verde Ave between a woman from a sedan and a Millikan student, causing the safety officer's intervention.

  • L.B.F.D responded to the scene and transported a female adult to a nearby hospital, where she is in critical condition.

  • The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will conduct a separate independent investigation of the incident, the L.B.P.D says.


What they're saying:

Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said; "We have no indication that any students were injured, “Because of the pending police investigation we cannot share additional details, but we can confirm that our closest school campus, Millikan High School, is safe and secure and will be staffed to support students tomorrow.”


Tale of the tape:

Multiple videos of the shooting show an armed school safety officer in a parking lot near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue, approaching a passenger-side window of a sedan. In one video, the safety officer appears to have pounded his fist on the hood of the sedan. The vehicle then speeds away, and the officer fires at least two shots into the car.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the latest statements from the LBPD and the school district.

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