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US Surviving Santa Clarita school shooting victims on road to recovery: Latest

19:20  15 november  2019
19:20  15 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Santa Clarita students made an active shooter video. Two months later, they took shelter in fear

  Santa Clarita students made an active shooter video. Two months later, they took shelter in fear A shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita Thursday morning is raising questions about school security measures.“We were just preparing for the worst, but we never thought anything would occur in a suburb like Santa Clarita. It’s such a lovely place,” Mims told USA TODAY in a phone interview.

The three teenagers who survived being shot at their Santa Clarita , California, high school Thursday are all on the road to recovery , officials said. Two of the five victims , 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and a 14-year-old boy, died in the hospital after the attack at Saugus High School .

The latest deadly school shooting to hit the US started early on Thursday morning at Saugus high school in Santa People hug each other during a vigil for the shooting victims in Santa Clarita . “We are very close-knit. We will come together and survive but we can’t afford another day like this.”

The three teenagers who survived being shot at their Santa Clarita, California, high school Thursday are all on the road to recovery, officials said.

a woman standing in front of a crowd of people: Hannah Schooping-Gutierrez, center, is comforted by her boyfriend Declan Sheridan, at right, a student at nearby Valencia High School during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus  Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Hannah Schooping-Gutierrez, center, is comforted by her boyfriend Declan Sheridan, at right, a student at nearby Valencia High School during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Two of the five victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, died in the hospital a few hours after the attack at Saugus High School.

The three other students shot -- a 15-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy -- are all expected to survive.

Off-duty officers were the first responders to the California high school shooting — because they were dropping off their own family members for school

  Off-duty officers were the first responders to the California high school shooting — because they were dropping off their own family members for school The first responders reported to the scene at approximately 7:40 a.m., shortly after the first shots rang out, and began treating the gunshot victims.Two students were killed, and three were left injured in the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarity Valley, which is north of Los Angeles. The 16-year-old gunman was also taken to the hospital in critical condition after attempting to take his own life after the shooting. The entire incident unfolded over 16 seconds, law enforcement officials said.

The three teenagers who survived being shot at their Santa Clarita , California, high school Thursday are all on the road to recovery , officials said. The 16-year-old accused of shooting multiple classmates, two fatally, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities confirmed on Friday.

Saugus High School shooting in California (8 Videos). The Roeschke sisters heard gunshots and hid in a classroom while a 16-year-old student killed two classmates and wounded three others at Saugus High School before shooting himself in Santa Clarita , California.

A male student, on his 16th birthday, was in the quad around 7:30 a.m. when he took a pistol from his backpack and unloaded the entire magazine, shooting five classmates and himself.

a person talking on a cell phone: A student reunites with her parents after a school shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP A student reunites with her parents after a school shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif. Slideshow by photo services 

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"From the time that he withdrew the handgun from his backpack to the time that he was on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head was about 16 seconds," Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters late Thursday.

The injured 15-year-old girl was shot below the bellybutton and has a bullet lodged in her hip, while the 14-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and abdomen, hospital officials said Friday.  

After Saugus High School shooting, prayer unites a grieving community

  After Saugus High School shooting, prayer unites a grieving community A day that began with the shock of a school shooting in Santa Clarita ended in prayer for many families who gathered for vigils in the area. Standing before hundreds of people at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita on Thursday night, Pastor David Hegg acknowledged that students and parents may be grappling with how to make sense of the shooting at Saugus High School, which left two students dead and three injured."We're not here to diminish the pain that we feel. We're not here to anesthetize it," he said. "We're also not here to put God on the stand.... We're here to be reminded that we're not alone."The violence started at 7:30 a.m.

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Both girls, who know each other, were rushed to the same hospital where they are recovering. Both should be discharged in the next few days, officials said.

The girls "held their composure despite being shot," said Dr. Boris Borazjani, a trauma surgeon at Providence Holy Cross Hospital. "I'm very proud."

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  California school shooting: Two teens killed by a schoolmate are identified The two teens killed by a fellow student who opened fire at a Southern California high school have been identified. © Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images Women embrace in Central Park after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on November 14, 2019.  The gunman shot himself after killing the two victims and wounding three other students at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. He died at the hospital Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. He used his last bullet to shoot himself after targeting his schoolmates Thursday -- the same day he turned 16.

The teens were "stoic" and "composed, talking to us and I think they were handling it exceptionally well," doctors said Friday.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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The injured 14-year-old boy has already been released from the hospital.

The suspect remains in the hospital in critical condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

The shooting "shook every one of us to our core," said Deputy Superintendent Mike Kuhlman.

a group of people wearing military uniforms: Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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Choir teacher Kaitlin Holt said one girl, shot in the hip and shoulder, was rushed into her classroom by other students. She gave the wounded student first aid and called 911.

"I'm not typically a calm person," Holt told ABC News, "but in that situation, for my students, I think that kind of kicks in."

"I should have never had to treat a gunshot wound as a choir teacher," said Holt. "And there's something really wrong and something has to change, 'cause I held a bleeding child today in a room with 40 sobbing children."

a woman standing in front of a crowd of people: Hannah Schooping-Gutierrez, center, is comforted by her boyfriend Declan Sheridan, at right, a student at nearby Valencia High School during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Hannah Schooping-Gutierrez, center, is comforted by her boyfriend Declan Sheridan, at right, a student at nearby Valencia High School during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Now, as the community wades through the chaos and grief, authorities are desperate for answers.

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  Santa Clarita shooting: Some fear active shooter training at schools can bring its own form of trauma When gunfire erupted in the Saugus High School quad Thursday morning, students had mere seconds to react. They sprinted and threw themselves in a ditch for cover. They hid in closets, locked and barricaded doors with desks. And some readied for a possible fight, arming themselves with scissors or a fire extinguisher.

"We have not yet established a motive or a nexus between the subject and his victims other than to say that they were all students at the high school together," Wegener said.

There's no evidence so far to suggest the suspect acted on behalf of a group or with any co-conspirators, authorities said.

Investigators were alerted to a social media page after the shooting that purportedly belongs to the suspect and contained a post that read, "Saugus have fun at school tomorrow."

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Students are evacuated from Saugus High School onto a school bus after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, California. © Mario Tama/Getty Images Students are evacuated from Saugus High School onto a school bus after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, California.

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"I can confirm that that was posted to his account, and I can also confirm that it has been changed since this incident, which means there is somebody else that has access to this account -- be it a hacker, be it a friend that has his password," Wegener told reporters. "That was posted at one point. We are aware of it and we are researching the source, when it was posted and when it was taken down."

A .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol was recovered from the crime scene, and investigators have served a search warrant at the suspect's family home in Santa Clarita, just a couple miles from the school.

The suspect's mother and girlfriend are both speaking with detectives, according to authorities.

The William S. Hart Union High School District, which includes Saugus High School, canceled Friday classes at all of its schools in the wake of the attack.

a man standing next to a sign: A sign reads #centurionstrong during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus High School, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP A sign reads #centurionstrong during a vigil at Central Park in the aftermath of a shooting at Saugus High School, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The school district holds shooting trainings, though "we prayed that we would never need it," Kuhlman, the deputy superintendent, said in a letter to the community on Thursday.

"Yet today, our brilliant staff bravely and vigilantly went into action," Kuhlman said. "Placing a priority on their students’ safety, our wonderful Saugus High School team were quick to order students to shelter in place, and your students responded."

Kuhlman wrote to the parents: "Hold your children tight. Love them. Praise them for being responsible in the face of fear."

Santa Clarita shooting: Weapon used in Saugus High attack a 'ghost gun,' sheriff says .
The gun used in last week's shooting at Saugus High School was assembled from parts, a so-called ghost gun without a registration number, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed Thursday. Sheriff's homicide detectives are trying to determine who built the .45-caliber handgun, a 1911-model pistol. The weapon included a partially built receiver, meaning it did not contain a serial number.Police and witnesses say 16-year-old Nathan Berhow came to school the morning of Nov. 14, removed the handgun from his backpack and opened fire in the Santa Clarita high school quad.

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