Oxnard Child Injured in Elementary School Shooting

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Source: Oxnard Police Department

Incident: Shooting Victim At McAuliffe Elementary School
Date/Time: January 23, 2020 11:20 AM
Location: McAuliffe Elementary, 3300 Via Marina Avenue
Victim: 9-Year-Old Female, Oxnard Resident
Suspects: unknown


On January 23, 2020, at approximately 11:20 A.M., the Oxnard Police Department received a call of a possible shooting victim at McAuliffe Elementary School, located at 3300 Via Marina Avenue. Initial reports indicated a student had been struck by gunfire while on the playground and then taken into a nearby classroom. A large scale response was initiated due to the nature and location of the incident. When the initial officers arrived on scene, they immediately made entry into the school and located the victim, a 9-year-old female student, in a classroom. The victim was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her lower extremity. The victim was given immediate aid and was quickly transported to a local hospital for treatment. She is currently listed in stable condition.

As the incident continued to unfold, all available police personnel responded to the scene to assist and the Oxnard P.D. Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) assumed responsibility for the investigation. Preliminary information quickly indicated that the shooting did not occur on campus. Witnesses in the area reported that two vehicles were observed driving erratically in the area of the school. One vehicle appeared to be following the other. At one point, gunfire erupted and the occupants of one vehicle appeared to be shooting at the other vehicle. It is believed that a stray bullet from the shooting struck the victim, who was on the playground of the school. Both vehicles fled the area. 

Police units checking the area located what is believed to be one of the involved vehicles in the Sea View Estates Neighborhood, which is located north of the school. The vehicle was unoccupied, however, two subjects who were in the immediate area of the vehicle were contacted and detained. They were later released without any charges. 

After the shooting took place, McAuliffe School was placed on “lockdown” as students and faculty sheltered in place until police officers cleared the campus and determined that there was no other immediate threat and no other students were injured. The Oxnard School District implemented a student/parent reunification plan and coordinated that effort with school staff. 

Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney was on scene at McAuliffe Elementary and said the following, “Our schools should be the safest place for our kids during the school day. This type of violent crime is unacceptable. We know there are individuals within the community that have information about what happened. With that information, and with the hard work of our detectives, I'm confident that we'll make an arrest in this case.”

No further information is available at this time as the investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the event or has any information about the incident or involved parties is encouraged to contact Detective Carey Everhart at (805) 486-6228. 

The Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city.  Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department's website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity.  You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so.  You can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.

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sbsunny Jan 25, 2020 09:46 AM
Oxnard Child Injured in Elementary School Shooting

So shocking! I’m so sad this young girl and her classmates had to experience such a horrific thing! I hope she recovers soon and completely. I’m also sorry for parents teachers. This must shake their feeling of security at school.

I’m betting it was a gang-related incident. Is gang violence growing? If so, there must be an emergency focus on this problem and make it a TOP priority.

LCP112233 Jan 25, 2020 03:03 PM
Oxnard Child Injured in Elementary School Shooting

SB Sunny. I agree. I have been on the central coast for nearly 50 years and have only seen gang violence get worse every year. Sadly, you get the label of 'racist' if you state your frustrations in this forum. It is horrifying to have to worry about your children, self and other family members being shot by a stray bullet in a park, school yard, or just walking down the street. And it is especially tragic for the youth that is roped into this lifestyle. TOP priority indeed!

a-1579935571 Jan 24, 2020 10:59 PM
Oxnard Child Injured in Elementary School Shooting

How horrible. One thing many people don't realize is that when someone is shot, there is always the potential for lead poisoning. Gunshot wounds sometimes result in the horrific "gift that keeps on giving." I hope those responsible are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, that won't protect this innocent child from having to deal with the terrible trauma of being shot and what it may mean for her future health. Most heartfelt sympathy for the girl and her family. And------ Gun control -------- now. (https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/here-s-unusual-source-lead-poisoning-gunshot-wounds-n719151)

Seabird Jan 24, 2020 05:00 PM
Oxnard Child Injured in Elementary School Shooting

JESUS EFFING CHRIST this girl could have been killed while playing at school. I can't imagine how traumatized she must be. And people still say that gang injunctions are a bad idea? Lock them all up.

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