Students placed on lockdown after police shooting at Legacy High School in South Gate

Late Thursday night, a police shooting at a high school in South Gate resulted in students being placed on lockdown. At approximately 9:42 p.m., law enforcement agencies were dispatched to Legacy High School located on Tweedy Boulevard in response to an incident.

According to officials, a driver allegedly attempted to run over a police officer with an SUV, prompting the officer to open fire. The suspect fled the scene on foot and is currently at large.  During Legacy’s football game against South East, students were in the midst of celebrating Senior Night when shots were fired, prompting the campus to be placed on lockdown. The game had just ended prior to the incident.

Authorities from the Los Angeles School Police Department, South Gate police, and the California Highway Patrol rushed to the location. It is uncertain which agency fired shots.

Fortunately, there were no reported injuries among the students, parents, or staff. A heartwarming moment was captured on AIR7 HD as a group of students were released from a campus building. The footage shows a woman embracing one of the students as they walked out to safety.

Following the incident, the parked car was hit and the suspect’s SUV had a shattered window. The reason behind the initial conflict between the police officer and the suspect remains uncertain.

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