Two Dead, Several Injured in Santa Clarita High School Shooting

The teenage suspect, who is a student at the school, is in ”grave” condition

UPDATE: Two people have died and at least three others were injured in a shooting at Santa Clarita’s Saugus High on Thursday morning. The suspect, a student at the school who turned 16 on Thursday, was also injured after shooting himself in the head. He is currently in the hospital in “grave” condition.

According to authorities, the gunman emptied a .45-calliber semiautomatic weapon of bullets in the school’s quad around 7:40 in the morning. A 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student were pronounced dead after being transported to Henry Mayo Hospital. A 14-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old girl were admitted to the hospital with gunshot injuries. The boy was later released.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the gunman had posted “Saugus have fun at school tomorrow” in the bio of his Instagram account not long before the shooting. At some point after the shooting, he said, the bio was changed, indicating that someone else may have access to the account. Authorities say they will be further examining the social media activity as their investigation continues.

Around 7:45 in the morning on Thursday, November 14, shots were reported at Saugus High in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. There are reports of five to seven individuals being taken into medical care for injuries, at least two of them described as being in critical condition.

The suspect, described as an Asian male in black clothing fled the scene, and local law enforcement encouraged Santa Clarita residents to stay indoors, lock their doors, and avoid the area around the Saugus High campus. As of 8:30 a.m., all Santa Clarita schools were put under lockdown protocols.


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