1 staff member injured in Vallejo High School shooting

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A fight in front of Vallejo High School left one school staff member shot and injured on Tuesday. 

“This is a senseless act of violence committed by some individuals who do not value human life,” Police Chief Shawny Williams said. “It’s a sad day (when) anyone is shot in front of our children at school, where they should feel safe.”

According to the Vallejo Police Department, several students fought with a group of unidentified males. The fight was broken up by a school staff member when the assailants fled into a car and shot at the group. 

“The staff member was struck by a least one bullet and suffered a non-life threatening injury,” police wrote.

When the fight happened at 3:45 p.m., there were 200 student athletes on campus, a college fair, and three ongoing high school classes. 

The victim, Joe Pastrana, the football team’s defensive coach, was transported to a local hospital. 

The school says they will increase safety officers on campus. 

The motive behind what caused the fight remains under investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vallejo Police Department Detective Division at 707-648-4524.