2 Dead, Several Wounded In Southern California High School Shooting

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November 14, 2019 - 8:30 pm
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (WCBS 880/AP) — Two students were killed and several others wounded after a teenage gunman opened fire at his high school in Southern California on what authorities said was his 16th birthday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said deputies received reports of an active shooter situation at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita 7:38 a.m. PST Thursday.

Authorities arrived at the school within two minutes and found six students, including the gunman, suffering from gunshot wounds in the quad area.

LA County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau Captain Kent Wegener said video of the incident shows the suspect shooting five people before turning the gun on himself.

Wegener says the gunman used a .45-caliber handgun and there were no more bullets left when it was recovered.

The attack lasted about 16 seconds, and the attacker apparently fired at random because he had no known connection to the victims, Wegener said.

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The suspect is listed in grave condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died.

Two girls, ages 14 and 15, were each in good condition after being treated for gunshot wounds, according to Patricia Aidem, a spokeswoman for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

A 14-year-old boy was treated and released from another hospital, authorities said.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the shooter was a student at the school but did not identify him.

Saugus High School and other schools in the area were locked down after the shooting.

Scores of parents gathered in a park near the school, anxiously waiting to be reunited with their children.

Los Angeles Undersheriff Tim Murakami said every student needed to be interviewed before they could be released to their parents.

"We need to conduct a thorough investigation," Murakami tweeted. "We apologize for the wait."

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White House spokesman Judd Deere says President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation.

Deere says in a statement that those in the area are encouraged "to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders.''

A motive for the shooting was not released.

"At this point in time, we have no indication of motivation or ideology,” said Paul Delacourt, the agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. 

One parent told KNX that his son showed him the shooter's Instagram bio to read, "Saugus have fun at school tomorrow."

The message was discovered Thursday morning after the shooting. It was unclear when it was made and by whom, the sheriff said. It was later removed, and investigators do not know who made the change, Wegener said.

Police said they are speaking with the suspect's girlfriend and mother.