Two people have been killed and three others injured in a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday, authorities reported.
A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died after being taken to the hospital for wounds suffered from the attack, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday afternoon. Another teenage boy and girl, both 15, are being treated still and are in unknown condition.
The suspect, now in custody, has been described as a teenage boy. Authorities said at an afternoon press conference that Thursday is the teenager’s 16th birthday. He is being treated at a local hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the sheriff’s department, the teenager opened fire at other students with a .45 caliber handgun when he was standing in the school’s quad. He then shot himself in the head.
The shooting occurred at Saugus High School, roughly 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Other schools in the area were placed on lockdown, and police urged all residents in the area to lock their doors and stay inside. Saugus High School students were removed and escorted off-campus by deputies, to be reunited with their parents.
Update, Nov. 14, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect new information reported by the sheriff’s department.
Correction, Nov. 14, 2019 at 3:45 p.m.: This post also been corrected to indicate the shooter was 16 and not 15, as previously reported.