Videos posted online show the school security guard approaching a gray sedan stopped in the aisle of a mall about a block north of campus. The officer is near the front window on the passenger side of the car as she pulls in and closer to him at the same time, the tires squeak, a video shows.
Witnesses said someone in the car was injured when the officer shot at the moving vehicle, but authorities have not confirmed who was shot except to say that she is a woman. No student was injured, according to school officials.
Witnesses say the incident began with a scuffle minutes after 3 p.m. near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue.
It was then that a girl and a young man exited the gray sedan, which pulled into the mall parking lot, according to Aidan Altobello, a Millikan junior whose parents consented to him being cited. The girl in the car clashed with a Millikan student walking out of school, and a fight started, he said.
The brawl spread from the sidewalk to the street but ended after people started honking their horns at the group and the school security guard intervened, according to another relative in Millikan, who asked. not to be named. At least two of those involved in the fight then returned to the silver sedan.
“The officer walks over to the car to stop them, and they start to walk away, and he pulls out his gun,” said Aidan, who also videotaped the incident.
Long Beach Unified School District officials said the security guard was off campus to allow students to pass safely before the fight began. When he learned of the altercation in the street, he approached to investigate, “and during this investigation, the school security officer discharged his service weapon and an individual was hit by gunfire, “LBUSD said in a statement.
School security officers are armed officers employed by the Long Beach Unified School District. They are not full-fledged peace officers like those employed by police departments, but carry firearms and work closely with the Long Beach Police Department.
Officials could not immediately say whether it was up to school security officers to investigate crimes or detain people off campus.
“It will come with the investigation,” said Justin Grayson, communications director for LBUSD. “I can’t confirm it at the moment, but they are patrolling around the schools. “
After school, Millikan students often congregate or walk around the area near Spring and Palo Verde, and on Monday the gunfire sent children “running left and right,” Bob Bilderback said. , who owns a business in the Spring Street Mall and Palo Verde Avenue.
The school district referred any further questions to the Long Beach Police Department, which it said was “investigating the facts surrounding the incident.”
Long Beach Police confirmed they were assisting in an investigation into a shooting involving an officer and their officers did not shoot. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating, LBPD spokesman Brandon Fahey said as is routine with shootings involving law enforcement.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with more information from the police, school district, witnesses, and spectator video. It has also been updated to show Aidan Altobello said he saw a girl and a young man get out of the car, not a young woman.