(Santa Clarita, CA) – Two students are dead after a school shooting at Saugus High School in Southern California. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said deputies found six victims on the quad when they arrived at the Santa Clarita school. They transported the six to local hospitals and later determined that one of them was the suspect. Detective Kent Wegener said the school’s surveillance video system showed the suspect shoot himself in the head. The victims killed are a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. It was the suspect’s birthday today. He turned 16.
The calls of a shooting came in at 7:38 this morning. Officers were on the scene two minutes later. A search began immediately for the suspect and continued for hours and extended to a home on the other side of a hill across from the school. They searched the suspect’s home to ensure there were no other victims.
Detective Kent Wegener said they reviewed video that shows the suspect shooting himself in the head in the quad area of Saugus High School and is in grave condition. Wegner said they identified the shooter from witness testimony as well as video at the school.
Previous reports indicated he was dead, but police say he’s now being treated a nearby hospital. He is reportedly in grave condition. The teen allegedly used a handgun to shoot his classmates. The other victims are described as two girls, ages 15 and 14, and a second 14-year-old boy. There was a seventh person injured, but it was not a shooting injury.
The shooting took place this morning and officers arrived at the scene two minutes after the first call came in. The suspect turned 16 today. He’s described as an Asian male who was dressed in all black.