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

11:25  15 november  2019
11:25  15 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , near Los Angeles, will remain closed Friday as authorities The suspect shot himself in the head with his last bullet during the 16-second attack on Thursday What happened at Saugus High School ? A gunman pulled a weapon out of his backpack around 7

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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Shooter at Saugus HS. Several injured. LASD resources on site and searching for suspect . Will be locking down area schools . Hill said that several of her staffers are graduates of the high school , and currently know parents with students at the school . “This is what we ’ve all been afraid of,” she

The gunman shot five fellow students in the school 's quad area with a 45-caliber semi-automatic weapon, then shot himself in the head, said Capt. " We were really, really terrified of who we might know that has been impacted." What we know :The latest on the Saugus High School shooting in

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. 

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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. 

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.

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. 

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  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.

“There is an active shooter at Saugus High School ,” a deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said. A weapon has been recovered, Sergeant Boese said, though he would not offer any details about the type. He said he did not know if the gunman was carrying more than one weapon.

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

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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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.

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Villanueva said the suspected shooter is a male Asian 15-year-old and a student at the high school . Local TV news coverage showed deputies surrounding a house that was reported to Ambulances are parked outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting in Santa Clarita , California on Nov.

The suspect was described as a 15-year-old Asian male wearing black clothing by cops who raced to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , California. At least one person was shot in the abdomen, according to Los Angeles Fire Department. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station tweeted: " We have

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. 

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.

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."

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Everything We Know About the Santa Clarita School Shooting . At approximately 7:30 a.m. local time, an unidentified gunman wielding a .45 caliber handgun opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita , which is just north of Los Angeles, authorities told the Times.

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.

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

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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