Two killed and three more injured in 16-second shooting attack in Santa Clarita school

Jesus Manriquez, Editor-In-Chief

Two students were killed and three more were injured after a student opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday morning.

The attack began at 7:30 a.m. when the gunman opened fire in the quad area. Paramedics quickly got to the scene, treating the wounded, while federal officials searched for the suspect. Authorities first believed the suspect had fled after the shooting but was later found on campus. The suspect was later identified by neighbors and sheriff’s officials as 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, who carried out the attack on his birthday. Authorities said the suspect was found with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The suspect was taken to the hospital and is said to be in grave condition.

Before the gunman opened fire, officials said a message appeared on an Instagram account believed to be linked to him that said,” Saugus, have fun at school tomorrow.”

Students hiding for their lives

The students who died were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, both passed away at the hospital Sheriff’s officials said . The injured victims were a 14- year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. One of the teens was released from the hospital in the afternoon. 

The gunman used a .45-caliber handgun that he carried in his backpack, said Sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener. Some students fled the building immediately while others took cover inside rooms. Many of them ran towards houses nearby looking for shelter. Students and staff members were later evacuated by armed law enforcement officers. Due to the heavy presence of armed officers, some students remained locked in classrooms for more than an hour. Meanwhile, the injured were first treated in a grassy area on campus before taken to ambulances in the school’s parking lot.

This was the 30th shooting attack that has happened on school grounds, resulting in injuries or deaths, in 2019 , according to gun safety group Everytown. According to their research, at least 12 people have been died in fatal shooting attacks this year.

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