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US Santa Clarita shooting: Weapon used in Saugus High attack a 'ghost gun,' sheriff says

23:20  21 november  2019
23:20  21 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Police responded to a shooting at Saugus High School, around 40 miles north of Los Angeles, early Thursday morning. Another student was later pronounced dead, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff . Three more people remain hospitalized.

Berhow pulled the gun from his backpack on 14 November – his birthday – in an open-air quad at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Officials found several unregistered firearms in the home after the shooting and are working to determine where those and the weapon used at the

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.

a person holding a sign: Santa Clarita, CA / November 18, 2019 -- Kim Segal, 43, Santa Clarita brings her kids D. Segal and R.Segal to view and say a prayer at memorial set up at Saugus High School on November 18, 2019. © Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/TNS Santa Clarita, CA / November 18, 2019 -- Kim Segal, 43, Santa Clarita brings her kids D. Segal and R.Segal to view and say a prayer at memorial set up at Saugus High School on November 18, 2019.

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.

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Detectives reviewed video from the scene which showed the gunman in the quad of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita . At least two students are dead and three others injured after a classmate opened fire at a high school in Southern California Thursday morning, sheriff 's officials said .

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. Five students were shot, two of whom later died, before Berhow turned the weapon on himself. He died from his injury a day later.

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Investigators say it's unclear who assembled the kit gun, but they are examining Berhow's electronic communications in an effort to find answers, officials said. The teen's late father owned an arsenal of weapons, and when law enforcement searched the boy's home last week, a cache of guns — many of which were unregistered — was seized.

Last week, The Times and NBC reported the weapon could have been a ghost gun based on initial examination of the weapon. Sheriff's officials working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that was the case.

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Authorities said the shooting at Saugus High School that left two students dead and three wounded occurred over a 16-second period in which a classmate Officials said he was taken to a hospital and is in grave condition. Before he opened fire, a message appeared on an Instagram account believed

14, 2019 in Santa Clarita , Calif. Villanueva said after opening fire Berhow “cleared a malfunction” with the gun Villanueva said the conclusion that the attack was planned was based on Berhow bringing the Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday, Nov.

Authorities are seeing a proliferation of such untraceable weapons. LAPD officials say they have seen a growing number of the weapons in the last six years. In August, a semiautomatic rifle used in a gun battle between police and a convicted felon off the 215 Freeway killed California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye and wounded two of his colleagues. The weapons was a ghost gun that could not be traced by authorities, according to law enforcement sources.

In 2013, a gunman police identified as John Zawahri killed five people in the Santa Monica area using an AR-15-style rifle, which he built from a partially manufactured lower receiver that did not have a serial number and therefore did not have to be registered. Police said the parts needed to assemble a working rifle, including magazines of ammunition, were shipped to Zawahri from out of state.

"About a third of all firearms seized in Southern California now are unserialized, and that is expected to grow," Ginger Colbrun, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles region's ATF office, told The Times in August.

Those with lengthy criminal histories usually buy their weapons on the black market, according to law enforcement officials. In one raid last year, authorities recovered 45 ghost guns following a six-month undercover operation in Hollywood. In that case, some of the weapons, which police said were made by a gang, were assault weapons.

Such weapons often come in kits and can be acquired at gun shows or by mail. As one expert described it, the guns are as easy to assemble as Ikea furniture. A pistol consists of a frame, which includes the trigger housing that may need some tabs shaved off and several holes drilled before it can accept the barrel and action and then fire. The frame is know as an 80% receiver because it comes mostly, but not completely, manufactured. It is a finished gun with no serial numbers and therefore avoids background checks and waiting periods.

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