A woman involved in an altercation was shot by a Long Beach Unified School District safety officer as she attempted to flee Monday and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Long Beach Police Department officers responded at 3:12 p.m. to the area of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue near Millikan High School regarding a shooting and when they arrived they found a woman with at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso after she was shot by the school safety officer, said Long Beach Police spokesman Brandon Fahey.

An initial investigation revealed the school safety officer responded to an altercation between multiple subjects and when they attempted to leave in a vehicle the school safety officer approached the vehicle and the shooting occurred, Fahey said.

The wounded woman was taken to a hospital where she was said to be in critical condition.

Millikan High School confirmed in a statement that no students were injured in the shooting.

Fahey said the investigation is ongoing and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will also be conducting an independent investigation of the shooting.

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