One Student Dead After Classmate Opens Fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita

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One student has died and at least two others are in critical condition after a classmate opened fire Thursday morning at a high school in Santa Clarita.

Police and firefighters responded to Saugus High School, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. Initial reports from the Los Angeles County Fire Department indicated there were seven victims. That figure was later revised.

“We have multiple victims down,” said Sgt. Bob Boese of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. “Our deputies are doing a systematic search of the campus, trying to locate the suspect.”

The shooter is in custody at a hospital, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

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Aerial video showed students with hands raised being escorted by deputies from the school of about 2,300 students. They were taken to school buses with armed deputies on board. 

At least nine ambulances were requested by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

The shooter was identified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a student at the school. Classmates said he is 15 years old.

NBC4 News is working to confirm information about the status of the shooter and his identity. There appeared to be just one shooter, according to the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department alerted nearby residents to lock their doors and remain inside, but said later Thursday morning that the shooter no longer remained a threat.

Several patrol vehicles were seen in a neighborhood near the school. Deputies with guns drawn were positioned outside a house. 

Deputies also are following up on reports that the shooter dropped off a backpack at a baseball field near the house, according to the sheriff’s department.

“It’s one of my worst nightmares as a sheriff,” said Villanueva. 

There was no immediate word on a motive.

“That’s going to take us a while to go through,” Villanueva said.

Nearby schools were locked down. 

Distressed parents arrived at the high school looking for their children.

“It’s a great school and a great community, and we never thought something like this would’ve happened here,” a mother told NBC4.

Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road was being used for a family reunification center. 



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