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At Least One Killed, Four Wounded In California High School Shooting, Suspect In Custody


Update: 1:40 p.m.

At least one person has been killed and four wounded after a gunman opened fire on Thursday morning at Sagus High School in Santa Clarita, California.

One female victim who was transported to Henry Mayo Hospital in critical condition died from her injuries.

The suspect, a 15-year-old Asian male in black clothing, was taken into custody and is being treated at a local hospital. He was a student at the school, according to CBS Los Angeles.

“The lone suspect is in custody and the weapon has been seized,” the William S. Hart Union High School District wrote in an email to parents.

“All of a sudden we hear this distinctive sound outside, so my teacher quickly sprang to his feet,” student Mason Peters told CBS2. “Got up, locked the door, (he) asked one of the students to get the keys. So we reinforced it. Turned off all the lights. Then we got a bunch of desks and stuff and reinforced the doors. And then we all stayed hidden.” –CBS Los Angeles

One of the wounded victims was found in the school’s choir room, according to the LA County Fire Department.

Parent Brian Skiba told CBS2 of his daughter’s experience.

“She heard the shots as well, she was in the quad where it started, and ran to the band room and locked the door behind her and told everybody to get down.”

“My daughter’s still in the band room, they’ve got a policeman with them,” he added. “They’re still in lockdown. They’re only clearing it classroom by classroom.”


At last five people have been shot at a Southern California high school on Thursday, according to local law-enforcement officials.

WATCH #LIVE: Multiple people have been have been shot at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, prompting schools in the area to be placed on lockdown and a massive response from sheriff’s deputies and paramedics. https://t.co/fEfbR7yJuh

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 14, 2019

The suspect, an Asian male student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, remains at large and a manhunt is underway according to the Wall Street Journal.

Deputies have swarmed the scene at Saugus High School, about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Students were led single file through the campus by officers. https://t.co/81af6KbPi4 pic.twitter.com/NVpV1bioEZ

— ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2019

“If you live in neighborhoods anywhere near Saugus High, PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside. If you see suspect, male dark clothing, in backyards, etc. CALL 911” tweeted the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

This is still a very active situation. Reports of approximately 5 victims being treated. Parents, deputies are on scene everywhere protecting your children.

— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) November 14, 2019

Two patients in critical condition were reported at the Henry Mayo Hospital located approximately 5 miles from the school, while another two were en-route to the hospital as of this writing.

All local schools in the district were put on lockdown as a precaution, according to the Sheriff’s station.