SOUTH GATE, CA – Chaos erupted at Legacy High School in South Gate on Thursday night when a police shooting prompted a lockdown, leaving students in a state of shock and fear. The incident unfolded at approximately 9:42 p.m. at the school located on Tweedy Boulevard, where multiple law enforcement agencies swiftly responded.
The initial confrontation occurred when a police officer discharged their weapon after a driver allegedly attempted to run over the officer with an SUV. The suspect subsequently fled the scene and remains at large. The precise details leading to the altercation between the officer and the suspect remain unclear.
The unsettling incident coincided with Senior Night celebrations during Legacy High’s football game against South East, which had just concluded shortly before the gunfire erupted. The campus was immediately placed on lockdown to make sure that students, parents, and staff were safe.
A collaborative effort ensued, with the Los Angeles School Police Department, South Gate police, and the California Highway Patrol converging on the scene. However, it remains uncertain which law enforcement agency opened fire. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries among students, parents, or staff.
Amidst the tense situation, AIR7 HD captured the moment when a group of students was finally released from a campus building, offering a glimpse of the emotional relief as a woman was seen embracing a student upon their exit.
In the aftermath of the incident, the suspect’s SUV bore the marks of the confrontation, including a shattered window and apparent collision with a parked car. Nevertheless, the precise motives behind the initial confrontation remain shrouded in mystery.