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Crime Weapon used in Saugus High shooting was 'kit gun,' authorities say

21:10  21 november  2019
21:10  21 november  2019 Source:   abc7.com

Saugus shooting live updates: At least 7 injured at high school, suspect at large

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The weapon used in the Saugus High School shooting that claimed the lives of two students and wounded three others was a "kit gun" assembled from parts, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Eyewitness News.

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Authorities are attempting to determine how the "kit gun" was assembled and by whom -- the suspect or his late father. When investigators searched the suspect's home as they sought a motive for the attack, six firearms were found at the home that were all registered to the suspect's late father.

"The mystery is trying to piece together who assembled what and at what point in time," Villanueva said.

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"Kit guns" can be sold at gun shows, online and can be bought with 80% of the weapon already assembled, the sheriff said.

"They're sold as a kit. You can legally buy it, assemble the weapon yourself and then you have a gun that is not registered and no one knows that you have it, and that is very dangerous," Villanueva said.

Two students were killed and three other teens were wounded in the shooting on Nov. 14.

The suspect, Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, shot himself in the head and died the next day.

Villanueva says investigators are pursuing every lead in trying to determine a motive for the deadly school shooting.

Deputies have interviewed more than 45 people so far.

Authorities are attempting to access Berhow's phone to gain more information.

"We're working with some federal entities to help us unlock the cellphone to get through that information, so that's still one of the challenges," Villanueva said.

Students returned to Saugus High School Tuesday to retrieve their belongings left behind when they had to evacuate the campus.

Classes have been canceled until Dec. 2.

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