On Monday, a shooting incident resulted in the death of a man in a North Long Beach community. The police and the school district took immediate action by locking down two nearby schools to ensure the safety of the students while they searched for evidence.
According to the Long Beach Police Department, a fatal shooting took place at the intersection of 51st Street and Pacific Avenue around 11:30 a.m. The victim, who was hit by the gunfire, was able to drive himself to a nearby hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.
Police officials have not disclosed the identity of the suspect and are currently investigating the motive behind the incident. They are also working to gather more information about the suspect in question.
As the shooting incident occurred, Perry Lindsey Academy and Dooley Elementary School, located just a block away, immediately went into lockdown mode. A significant number of officers rushed to the scene in response.
Around 1 p.m., the lockdowns were lifted, but many parents expressed their frustration over the lack of information. Outside Lindsey Academy, numerous parents gathered, sharing their grievances about finding out about the lockdown from their children inside the school. The students reported that there was a shooting in the vicinity, and all of them had been directed to take shelter in the cafeteria.
At 12:57 p.m., parents of Lindsey Academy received an email from the district informing them that the school was on lockdown. The reason for the lockdown was reported as police activity taking place in the surrounding area. According to Elvia Cano, a spokesperson for LBUSD, gun shots were heard and police activity in the neighborhood prompted the precautionary measure.
According to Cano, both the LBPD and school safety officers conducted a thorough walkthrough of the Lindsey Academy grounds to guarantee the safety and well-being of everyone in the school community.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., concerned parents could be seen waiting in line at Dooley Elementary School, which is located just one block away, to collect their children.
As Israel Melendez was picking up his first-grader son, he received alarming news of a lockdown and shooting from his sixth-grade son, who studies at Lindsey Academy. It was around 11:50 a.m. when Melendez’s son called him and informed about the incident near the school.
According to Rosa Mejia, a parent of Lindsey Academy, she learned about the lockdown from her son who informed her that he saw police in the vicinity and was confined inside the cafeteria.
Upon being asked about their experience, the woman’s sixth and seventh-grade children expressed their fear and anxiety.
In the account of the incident, sixth-grader Sophia Vasquez shared that all the students were instructed to stay in the cafeteria during the lockdown before eventually being relocated to the auditorium.
In a conversation with the Post, Vasquez, with her mother’s consent, mentioned that the school faculty advised them not to panic or be afraid. They instructed the students to keep their heads down and remain quiet during the ordeal.
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