Shooting at California High School Claims At Least Two Lives

Update: Shooting at California High School Claims At Least Two Lives

Updated Nov. 15, 7:54 p.m.

Authorities have identified 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow as the mass shooter who claimed the lives of two students and injured three others Thursday morning at Saugus High School. Berhow died from a self-inflicted gun wound to the head on Friday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

Law enforcement officials said they have yet to find a motive behind the shooting, which lasted 16 seconds, but do not believe it was connected to any group or ideology or that there were any co-conspirators.

Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters a search warrant has been issued to search Berhow's home. Following the shooting, an Instagram account linked to Berhow was hacked or logged into by a friend or someone with his password. The person changed his bio to read “Saugus have fun at school tomorrow,” according to Wegener.

According to Buzzfeed, the Instagram account does not belong to the shooter.

"We disabled this account for violating our policies," an Instagram spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "We can confirm it did not belong to the shooter."

All schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District will be closed Friday following the shooting, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a news conference today.


Updated 2:56 p.m.

Two students have died, a 16-year-old girl, and a 14-year-old boy, and several others are injured after a 16-year-old shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, a city of 200,000 north of Los Angeles. The shooter is reported to be in grave condition after trying to take his own life.

Authorities have arrested a suspect, after terrified students barricaded in classrooms and fled the campus. Students were reported to have “just started running.”

Fire officials said six people were taken to the hospital. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at least three people, all students, were hurt, including at least one gunshot victim. One female patient, and one male patient have died. Other students who were shot are not in critical condition.

In reviewing the video from the school, detective saw the scene which showed the gunman in the quad of the high school taking a gun from his backpack, shooting five people, then shooting himself in the head. The early morning shooting was on the suspect’s birthday.

The surviving victims are a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

The suspect is being treated at a local hospital. The Los Angeles County sheriff said the suspect is a student at the school. The shooting began at 7:05 a.m. local time during what's called "Zero Period," roughly an hour before the school day officially begins at 8 a.m. and is often used for extracurricular classes, police told ABC News


One person is dead and several others are injured after a shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, a city of 200,000 north of Los Angeles.

Authorities have arrested a suspect, after terrified students barricaded in classrooms and fled the campus. Students were reported to have “just started running.”

Fire officials said six people were taken to the hospital. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at least three people, all students, were hurt, including at least one gunshot victim. Officials from Henry Mayo Hospital said one female patient died, two male patients were in critical condition, and one male patient was in good condition. 

The suspect is being treated at a local hospital. The Los Angeles County sheriff said the suspect is a student at the school. The shooting began at 7:05 a.m. local time during what's called "Zero Period," roughly an hour before the school day officially begins at 8 a.m. and is often used for extracurricular classes, police told ABC News.

This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Photo by Stefanie Dazio/AP: Students and other others wait outside a reunification center in Santa Clarita, CA, after a shooting at Saugus High School.

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