LOS ANGELES, USA – A teen whose birthday was Thursday went to his Southern California high school, pulled a pistol from his backpack and shot five classmates and himself in 16 seconds, authorities said.
According to CNN, two victims a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died at a hospital. Three students were wounded and taken by ambulance from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, officials said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the 16-year-old suspected gunman is in critical condition.
He used the last bullet from a .45-caliber pistol on himself, authorities said. The sheriff told “Anderson Cooper 360˚” the student fired one time, then apparently had a problem with the gun before firing again.The suspect’s name is Nathaniel Berhow, two law enforcement sources told CNN.
Authorities said they are looking into biographical information on the suspected shooter’s social media account that was taken down after the mass shooting.
“With a heavy heart, we’re going to move on with the investigation and figure out what went wrong,” the sheriff said. “I hate to have Saugus be added to the names of Columbine, Parkland, Sandy Hook, but it’s a reality that affects us all throughout the nation, something that we’re going to have to figure out.
“The shooting began before classes started, officials said, sending some students streaming out of the building as others hid. One student was hurt in the chaos and needed medical attention.Video obtained at the scene clearly shows the suspect shooting his classmates and then himself, Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters.
He said there is no evidence yet that ties the alleged gunman to anyone who was wounded.”I also want to acknowledge a posting on the bio of what we believe to be the subject’s Instagram account,” he said. “It says underneath his pseudonym: ‘Saugus have fun at school tomorrow.’
“Wegener said police confirmed it was the shooter’s account and it had been changed since the shooting. They are investigating to see who else had access to the account. Authorities are working to obtain any other video from campus and cell phone video from students. Emergency workers took several people out of the school on gurneys, and large groups of people walked out in single-file with armed escorts, aerial footage from CNN affiliates shows. The two students who were killed died at the hospital.
Officials shepherded students to nearby Central Park, where parents were told to meet them.The shooting happened about 20 minutes before the start of school, according to Hannah de Caussin, whose daughter attends Saugus.