Saugus High School Shooting: 2 Dead, 5 Wounded After Active Shooter Student Opens Fire in Santa Clarita, California
November 14, 2019
Two young students were killed and three others were hospitalized with gunshot wounds following an active shooter situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday. The 16-year-old gunman, who carried out the shooting on his birthday, was in custody.
Authorities said that surveillance video showed a 16-year-old male student pull out a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, shoot five students in the quad on campus before turning the gun on himself.
ADVISORY: Police activity at Saugus High. **** AVOID AREA ****— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) November 14, 2019
A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were killed and three others, a 14-year-old girl, 15-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, were transported to area hospitals for their gunshot wounds.
Paramedics initially transported six patients to hospitals, including the suspect, who was listed in "grave condition" from his self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station responded to the school around 7:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving reports of shots fired. The school is located at 21900 Centurion Way in Santa Clarita, about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Officials at Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia said they were treating a total of four patients from Saugus High. One female and two males were in critical condition, while another male was listed in good condition.
The female patient was pronounced dead a short time later, according to hospital officials.
A hospital spokeswoman for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center said that they received two victims from the high school. One was airlifted and the other was transported by ground. Both students were being treated for gunshot wounds, one in good condition and the other in fair condition. Their genders were not released.
Officials at Olive View Hospital also reported that a 15-year-old female student was transported by ground to their facility for injuries not associated with gunfire, she was expected to be released soon.
The school was placed on immediate lockdown and law enforcement officers were working to clear each classroom individually.
Every student at Saugus High School will be interviewed by law enforcement officers before they will be released to their parents. "We need to conduct a thorough investigation. We apologize for the wait," LASD Undersheriff Tim Murakami said in a tweet.
We need to interview every student at Saugus HS before they can be released to their parents. We need to conduct a thorough investigation. We apologize for the wait— Undersheriff Tim Murakami (@LASDMurakami) November 14, 2019
Neighboring elementary schools Rosedell and Highland Elementary were placed on lockdown.
Additionally, just before 8:30 a.m. SVC Sheriff tweeted that all schools in the William S Hart School District were placed on lockdown as a precaution. At 9:10 a.m., the lockdowns were lifted at all schools within the district except for Saugus High School and Arroyo Seco Junior High.
A short time later, all schools in the neighboring Castaic Union School District were placed on lockdown as a precaution. That lockdown was lifted just before 10 a.m.
Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita was being used as a reunification location for parents. The City of Santa Clarita asked the public, "If you do not need to get to Central Park, please avoid the area. Traffic into the park for reunification is jammed, so it will take some time to get through."
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) November 14, 2019
A second reunification center was opened at Bouquet Canyon Church, located at 27000 Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.
The public was asked to avoid the area as authorities canvassed the area for the suspect.
"If you live in a neighborhood anywhere near Saugus High, PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside. If you see suspect, male dark clothing, in backyards, etc. CALL 911," SVC Sheriff warned in a tweet.
President Donald Trump was "monitoring the ongoing reports of a school shooting in Santa Clarita," said Judson P. Deere, Special Assistant to the President. "The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders."
A Disaster Distress Helpline was established to provide 24/7 immediate crisis counseling and support for those affected by the school shooting. The number to call is 1-800-985-5990.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is providing 24/7 immediate crisis counseling and support for those affected by the Saugus High #SchoolShooting in Santa Clarita, California.— SAMHSA (@samhsagov) November 14, 2019
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