Santa Clarita school shooting: 2 killed, student suspect dead
11/14/2019 10:27 am PST
UPDATE Nov. 16, 2019:
The teenager who opened fire on his classmates before shooting himself died Friday night at a hospital, authorities said. Officials said his mother was with him, the Los Angeles Times reports.
UPDATE Nov. 15, 2019:
Suspect Nathaniel Berhow, who authorities said ended the 16-second spur of violence with a bullet to his head, was listed in critical condition Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A 14-year-old boy was treated and released Thursday afternoon from the hospital.
UPDATE 7 p.m. PT:
Authorities said the suspect was identified by neighbors and sheriff's officials as Nathaniel Berhow, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Before the shooting, a message appeared on an Instagram account believed to be linked to him that said, “Saugus have fun at school tomorrow.”
UPDATE 2 p.m. PT:
A second student -- a 14-year-old male student -- died at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, the Los Angeles Times reports.
UPDATE 11:44 a.m. PT:
Los Angeles County officials held a news conference at 11:30 a.m. local time.
According to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the Santa Clarita sheriff's station received a report of shots fired at Saugus High School at 7:38 a.m.
Sheriff's deputies arrived on campus at 7:40 a.m. and encountered six victims in the quad area of the school. The victims were triaged and hospitalized.
The shooting suspect, a 16-year-old Asian male student at the school, was one of the six transported, Villanueva said. The suspect remains hospitalized in grave condition.
Witnesses and video surveillance have confirmed the shooter's identity, according to the sheriff.
L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Captain Kent Wegener said that today is the suspect's birthday.
The weapon was found at the scene, described as a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, which was empty, Wegener said.
The suspect's Santa Clarita residence was located and investigated for possible further victims. A search warrant was in process.
Wegener said the suspect's girlfriend and his mother were being interviewed at the sheriff's station.
Wegener said school surveillance video clearly shows the suspect take a gun from his backpack, shoot five people, then himself. No further individuals are suspected in the shooting, officials said.
One female student, age 16, died at the hospital. Also hospitalized are two females, 14 and 15 years old, and two 14-year-old male students.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A suspect has been apprehended after a deadly active shooting situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita prompted the temporary lockdown of two entire school districts on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The incident began around 7:30 a.m. when deputies responded to a report of shots fired on the campus, located at 21900 Centurion Way, the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station said in a series of tweets.
Three people, a female and two males, were transported to Henry Mayo Hospital in critical condition. A fourth patient was hospitalized in good condition.
The female patient was later pronounced dead, according to the hospital. She has not been identified, nor have officials said whether she was a student or staff member at the school.
By 9:40 a.m., the male suspect was in custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment, Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed.
Earlier, the sheriff told KTLA that the department had identified the suspect, saying he appeared to be a student. He did not release the student's name.
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