Crime Victims wounded in Saugus High shooting 'held their composure' after student suspect opened fire, hospital official says
School shootings were reported at 15 California schools since Sandy Hook
Since the horror unleashed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012, some 16,000 students have experienced some sort of shooting in California.Since the horror unleashed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012, some 16,000 California students have experienced some sort of shooting at 15 schools in the state.
as investigators continued to search for a motive for what led the student suspect to pull a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and open fire on his fellow classmates before turning the gun on himself.
The shooting thattook just 16 seconds and left the attacker, only identified by authorities as a 16-year-old Saugus High student, hospitalized in grave condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
FBI, ATF, Sheriff’s Investigators Converge On Suspected Saugus High Shooter’s Home
The area around Sycamore Creek and Mulberry Glen drives has not been shut down, but neighbors say they have seen all manner of law enforcement driving up and down the street Thursday morning, after the shooting at Saugus High School. Two students were killed in the shooting. The suspect, a 16-year-old Asian boy, is in custody but is being treated at a hospital after shooting himself in the head. He is in grave condition.The neighborhood is about a mile and a half away from Saugus High School.Agents from the FBI and ATF, along with investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, were spotted at the home.
Investigators searched the boy's home as they sought a motive for the attack, which seemed to target students at random, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Kent Wegener said.
Someone posted a message under a pseudonym on an Instagram account that was reported as possibly belonging to the boy, authorities said. The message said: "Saugus, have fun at school tomorrow."
"However, the account has yet to be authenticated," a sheriff's department statement said.
It wasn't clear when the message was posted or by whom, Wegener said. It was deleted after the shootings, either by a hacker or someone who had access to the account, he added.
Authorities said the teenager apparently acted alone. There was no indication that he was affiliated with a group or ideology, said Paul Delacourt, the agent in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office.
Saugus High school shooting: Minute-by-minute timeline of events
Saugus High school shooting: Minute-by-minute timeline of eventsHere's a timeline of what happened according to an account provided by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Capt.
The shooting was first reported at 7:38 a.m. at 21900 Centurion Way.
Moments after shots rang out, the first responders on the scene were three off-duty law enforcement personnel who had just dropped their own children off at the school.
They saw children fleeing campus and immediately went inside to find out what was happening and see if they could help, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad area suffering from gunshot wounds, Villanueva said.
The first off-duty officer to arrive at the quad saw the .45 caliber semi-automatic gun at the scene and determined it was safe enough to begin providing first-aid.
"Their actions definitely saved lives and my hats off to them," Villanueva said.
The school resource deputy was also on the scene moments later, he said.
Saugus High shooting: Coroner identifies 1 of 2 teens killed by classmate in Santa Clarita
Saugus High shooting: Coroner identifies 1 of 2 teens killed by classmate in Santa ClaritaGracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
All six students were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead. The girl was later identified as Gracie Anne Muehlberger.
A seventh person was also transported to a hospital for a medical issue or injury that was not caused directly by the gunfire.
The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15 and a boy, 14. The boy was released from Henry Mayo Hospital. The girls were in stable condition Friday, according to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials.
"These are stoic, young adults. They held their composure despite being shot. Being shot in the torso is a very big deal," a hospital doctor said of the wounded students.
The hospital said it received four patients. Their names have not been disclosed.
The sheriff said the deceased girl's parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.
About two hours later, authorities said to media that a third victim had died. However, they later clarified that was not the case, adding that all surviving victims were in stable condition.
Saugus High School, where Calif. shooting occurred, will remain closed until Dec. 2
Saugus High School, where two students were fatally shot and three others wounded last week, will remain closed until Dec. 2, the William S. Hart Union School District announced. Students of the Santa Clarita campus will be allowed to retrieve their belongings from 10 a.m.
WATCH: L.A. County sheriff learns of second Saugus High school fatality during news conference
According to sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video "clearly" shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.
The Santa Clarita community banded together Thursday night to support each other in the aftermath of the chaos.
Many attended church for a nighttime prayer service and others joined together at Central Park, where parents and students were reunited after the lockdown.
At Central Park, students tied blue and white balloons above candles to remember the 14-year-old student who was killed. His friend says he was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
"I've known him since I was five," student Joshua Mourthi said. "So, he used to be my neighbor. He could make anyone smile. You could be having the worst day and he'd walk up and say 'Hey, how's your day going?' and you'd immediately start smiling."
Santa Clarita shooting: Students return to Saugus High School to retrieve belongings
Students of Saugus High School returned to campus briefly on Tuesday for the first time since the shooting that claimed the lives of two students and the gunman and left three others injured. Students were allowed to access the building for about two hours to retrieve belongings that had been abandoned amid the chaos of Thursday's shooting.A 16-year-old student, Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, pulled a handgun from his backpack and opened fire on classmates in the quad before turning the gun on himself, investigators say.Two students were killed at the scene and Berhow died the next day from his self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
The shooting just before class started for the day turned an otherwise normal school day into a chaotic, distressing scene. Some students fled the campus, while others sheltered in place, piling up chairs and furniture to block doors inside classrooms.
"It was just a normal Thursday," said student Lauren Farmer. "We woke up in the morning, we got ready. Our biggest problem was about the dance on Saturday and whether you forgot to do homework or not."
"And then all of a sudden it's life or death, within a matter of minutes."
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school. Investigators confirmed the gunman lived at the house, which was being searched for evidence.
The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.
All Hart District Schools remained closed on Friday, district officials said.
Counselors were being made available to the school community Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church located at 22833 Copper Hill Drive.
Weapon used in Saugus High shooting was 'kit gun,' authorities say
Weapon used in Saugus High shooting was 'kit gun,' authorities say
In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.
"The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders," the statement said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.
"We simply should not have to fear for our kids' lives when we drop them off at school," the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: "How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW."
Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.
An earlier version of this story stated that three victims had died. That information was later clarified by sheriff's officials, who said two victims had died.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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