East L.A. Cities Rattled by Multiple Shootings Outside Elementary Schools

Four people were killed over a 24-hour period this week in a spate of violence across Los Angeles’ Gateway Cities region. Authorities now believe the shootings – two of which occurred outside elementary schools – are connected.

The first incident occurred outside the Martha Escutia Primary Center in Bell just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday. One person was killed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The campus was closed on Monday as a result of the shooting.

The second shooting was reported about three miles away from the school, just after midnight Monday. One person was found deceased.

Around 10 minutes later, sheriff’s deputies received a call about a fatal shooting outside the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in neighboring Cudahy. Two teens were discovered with bullet wounds at the scene. One of them died.  

The final call came into Huntington Park Police around 2:35 a.m. regarding a shooting in the 6300 block of Sante Fe Avenue, 3 miles away from the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center. Police found a man deceased in the road.  

The shootings have rattled the East L.A. community, including local parents and school staff.

“I have been in contact with the cities of Bell, Cudahy, and Huntington Park and offered any assistance we can provide,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Hahn said on X. “It is especially concerning how close two of these shootings were to schools.”  

Los Angeles Unified School District officials tried to assuage concerns on Monday. A spokesperson said the safety of students remains a top priority for school officials.

“Please note,” the spokesperson added, “this is a non-school incident and our school community is safe.” 


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