• Matt Esnayra

Woman on life support after being shot in the head by LBUSD safety officer near Millikan High

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

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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