2 students killed in high school shooting in California; authorities say suspect is in custody in ‘grave condition’
Several people were shot in the quad area at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday. Two victims — one male, one female, have died.
The shooting happened just before the start of the school day at 7:38 a.m.
The sheriff’s department says the shooting suspect is now in custody and is in the hospital in “grave condition.”
The suspect was earlier described as a young Asian male dressed in all black. The sheriff’s department said the gunman is a 16-year-old student at Saugus High School. His birthday is today.
The gunman shot himself after shooting the other students, authorities said.
During a news conference, officials said two female victims, ages 14 and 15, are in the hospital, as well as two male victims each 14 years old. They later said another student had died.
Authorities are currently meeting with the suspect’s mother and girlfriend.
A 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene, authorities said during a press conference.
Video shows the suspect pull a gun from a backpack, shoot five people and then shoot himself in the head.
Rosedell and Highland elementary schools were placed on lockdown amid the search for the gunman.