- At least one victim was killed and several others were injured in a shooting at a California high school Thursday morning, authorities said.
- The sheriff’s department identified the suspect as a male, Asian juvenile wearing black clothing, though conflicting reports sparked confusion over whether he was in custody or dead.
- Photos and videos posted to social media showed students evacuating the building, holding their arms above their heads.
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At least one female victim was killed and several others were injured after a gunman opened fire at a California high school Thursday morning, authorities said.
The Henry Mayo Newall Hospital tweeted that there were two male patients in critical condition and another male patient in good condition.
The nature of the victims’ injuries was also unclear, but ABC7 reported that one victim was shot in the stomach.
The fate of the suspect wasn’t immediately clear. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the suspect was in custody and in the hospital. But a number of media outlets also reported that the suspect was dead.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect was a male, Asian juvenile wearing black clothing. School district officials confirmed he was a student at the school.
The shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita was first reported just before 8 a.m. local time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Melissa Santillan, a 15-year-old sophomore, told Insider she arrived at school around 7:40 a.m. on Thursday to the sight of crowds of students running away.
She said she and her friends still don’t know who was shot.
“All my friends get to school early and I called my best friend and all I heard was him running for his life saying he was okay and he was running to safety,” Santillan said. “That will forever scare me and all my peers.”
The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department said authorities believed there was only one suspect.
Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami said every student at the school would be interviewed before being released to their parents.
“We need to conduct a thorough investigation,” Murakami said. “Why every student? They could either be a witness, provide important information about the shooter or a possible motive.”
Photos and videos posted to social media showed students evacuating the building, holding their arms above their heads.
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The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department said multiple surrounding schools were locked down after the gunfire broke out.
Local news outlets aired aerial footage that appeared to show a number of police vehicles surrounding a nearby house, which could be connected to the suspect, but authorities haven’t confirmed anything yet.
Saugus High School in Santa Clarita is located some 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The school had 2,441 students enrolled during the 2017-18 school year, and employed 94 teachers.
The White House told press on Thursday that President Donald Trump was monitoring the situation and encouraged those in the Santa Clarita area to follow authorities’ advice.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.