A student who was brutally shot in the head by a school safety officer has been declared 'brain dead' and is not expected to survive, her family has confirmed.
Mona Rodriguez, an 18-year-old mother of one, is currently on life support after a bullet hit the back of her head while she was driving away from Millikan High School in California.
Ms Rodriguez had reportedly been fighting with a 15-year-old girl by the school on Monday afternoon when she got into a car with her brother and father of her child, Rafeul Chowdhury.
The teen mum was then tragically shot as she left the scene, police told KTLA.
Her 16-year-old brother and Rafeul Chowdhury, 20, are currently being investigated for their involvement in the incident.
Video footage obtained by the news outlet shows the officer fire two shots at the car as it sped towards him on its way out of the car park.
Mr Chowhury claims the officer has threatened the two fighting girls with pepper spray which caused both of them to stop.
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He says that the officer never threatened to use his weapon before opening fire.
Speaking to KTLA, Chowdhury said: “All we did is just got in the car and left.
“He never told us to stop anytime soon, and the way he shot us, it wasn’t right.”
The safety officer is now pending investigation and has been placed on leave from the high school.
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Civil rights activist Najee Ali spoke outside the school alongside Mona Rodriguez's family.
She claimed that the officer "shot someone in the passenger seat with no regard for anyone's life in the car" and stressed that "everyone in the car was unarmed".
Jill Baker, superintendent of Long Beach Public Schools, said that the safety officers were "highly trained" and vowed that the officer will be "held accountable to the established standards in their profession".
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