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Weekend Reads Santa Clarita shooting: What we know about the Saugus High School suspected gunman, victims

18:27  15 november  2019
18:27  15 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Two people were killed and three more injured when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Santa Clarita , Calif., on Thursday, the authorities said. The police said one suspect was in custody after the shooting , which happened at Saugus High School on Thursday morning.

A Southern California high school will remain closed Friday as authorities continue their investigation after a 16-year-old student fatally shot two classmates and wounded three others.

The suspect shot himself in the head with his last bullet during the 16-second attack on Thursday morning, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and was in "grave" condition, according to law enforcement officials.

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Students who recently filmed an active shooting training video said they couldn't believe violence struck at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, home to Six Flags Magic Mountain and 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 

a car parked in a parking lot: Police outside of Saugus High School on Nov. 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Harrison Hill, USA TODAY Police outside of Saugus High School on Nov. 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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The incident was the 30th shooting attack at a school this year, according to the gun safety group Everytown. 

Here's what we know so far: 

What happened at Saugus High School?

A gunman pulled a weapon out of his backpack around 7:30 a.m. local time and opened fire at the school, which has a student population of about 2,500 in grades 9-12. 

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He shot five students in the quad area with a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun before shooting himself, said Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. 

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN early Friday morning that surveillance footage showed the shooter entering the quad, taking out a pistol from his backpack and firing the first round. 

The gun then apparently jammed, Villanueva said, and the shooter was forced to take time to fix it before firing a second round and then injuring the remaining four students. Then, he used the last round on himself.  

According to Villanueva, the entire incident happened over 16 seconds. The sheriff also said that it seemed as if the suspect was shooting indiscriminately and not aiming towards specifically targeted students. 

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Saugus and all other schools in the district went on lockdown as police swarmed the area. Once students were allowed to reunite with their parents, families were seen embracing and crying. 

Who is the suspect? 

Officials described the suspect as an Asian male student at the school whose 16th birthday was Thursday. 

Neighbors and classmates described the boy as pleasant but noted that he was changed by the death of his father two years ago. Classmates have identified the boy to USA TODAY, although law enforcement has yet to name him.

The suspect was a quiet, normal student, said Brooke Risley, a 16-year-old junior. He ran cross country and was a Boy Scout. 

“He doesn’t seem like the kind of kid to do this,” Risley said. 

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Two students were left dead when a young man opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , Calif. The 16-year-old suspect was said to be in grave condition after shooting himself in the head. Jeremy Thompson first learned about the shooting when his younger son, a sophomore at

Police officers swarmed Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , 30 miles northwest of The incident was the 30th shooting attack at a school this year, according to the gun safety group Everytown. A gunman opened fire at the school , which has a student population of about 2,500 in grades 9-12 and

Though the teen was sometimes a little sad, next-door neighbor Jared Axen said he didn't come off as depressed.

His father died from a heart attack in December 2017, according to an obituary. Although his father had owned guns, Axen, 33, said he didn’t think the boy viewed them in an unhealthy way.

Who are the victims? 

They're all students. A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died at a local hospital. Wegener said the three injured victims are two girls, 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy. None of the victims have been identified by law enforcement.

Two of the injured are in good condition and the third is in fair condition, according to officials at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. 

Louison Dumont et al. standing in front of a crowd: Saugus High students wait to be picked up by family members at a reunification point after a shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Nov 14. 2019. © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Saugus High students wait to be picked up by family members at a reunification point after a shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Nov 14. 2019.

Other than attending the same school, Wegener said law enforcement officials have not found a relationship between the shooter and the victims.

How did the suspect get a gun?

Law enforcement officials have not shared any information about how the suspected shooter obtained the gun used in Thursday's assault. The 16-year-old couldn't have legally bought it himself: In California, licensed dealers cannot sell a firearm to anyone under age 21.

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On November 14, 2019, a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, killed two people and injured four, including the shooter .

The victims died in a brief, 16-second gun attack shortly before classes began on Thursday at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , north of Los Angeles. The suspect had no known connection to the victims , Capt Wegener said. What has been revealed about the gunman ? The attack came on the

Were there any warning signs?

Police are investigating reports of social media postings that may have been made by the suspect, Wegener said, including an Instagram account that included the message: "Saugus, have fun at school tomorrow." 

That account did not belong to the suspect, Buzzfeed News was first to report on Thursday night, detailing that the user later declared his postings to be a joke.

"We disabled this account for violating our policies," an Instagram spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY via email. "We can confirm it did not belong to the shooter."

Investigators were working Thursday night to obtain a search warrant to learn about the owner of the Instagram account, Wegener told BuzzFeed News.

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Wegener said his department looked into recent threats against Saugus High and identified two, both of which were investigated and deemed to be unrelated to Thursday's shooting. Authorities have not determined a motive but don't believe he was acting on any ideology.

What safety measures were in place?

The school district website says a resource officer is assigned to every campus, and the schools have fencing and supervisors monitoring who goes in and out. The Saugus High campus is fenced and has a dozen security cameras but no metal detectors.

"The gates to the campuses are locked during instructional time and typically only unlocked when students are leaving campus for lunch or leaving school at the end of the day. Visitors are directed to the office to check-in.''

Contributing: Jorge Ortiz and Mike James, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Santa Clarita shooting: What we know about the Saugus High School suspected gunman, victims

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