Santa Clarita, Calif. — At approximately 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Santa Clarita Sheriff Department reported shots fired at Saugus High School, which prompted a massive police response and forced schools nearby to go on lockdown.

According to authorities, the alleged shooter, a 16-year-old Asian male and current student at Saugus High, opened fire on the other students for 16 seconds. The suspect used a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that killed two students and injured three. The suspect is in critical condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One of the 14-year-old  injured victims was released from Henry Mayo Hospital this morning while the other two victims are still recovering, according to hospital. 

The two deceased victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old-boy, were both students at Saugus High. 

Students and parents were reunited at Central Park as law enforcement searched the school and the suspect’s home for additional weapons or possible explosives. The authorities’ search warrant was signed and served at the gunman’s residence to collect and process evidence. 

An off-duty detective was the first one on the scene. After dropping off his girlfriend’s son at Saugus High, he saw kids running towards his direction. Law enforcement arrived at the scene within two minutes of the first 911 call. The first responders came to contact with multiple gunshot wounds which included the suspect in the quad area of the school.

“Homicide investigators have conducted over 40 interviews,” Santa Clarita Sheriff Department tweeted on Thursday. ”Thus far, there has been found to be no motive for the shooter.” 

“I always hangout in my friends car before school, and then we saw like 400 kids running full speed out of class,” a student told Scriberr News, recalling his experience from the shooting. ”We hopped out of the car to see what was happening, and someone said ‘school shooter’ so we ran.” 

Fortunately,  this student was able to find shelter at a friend’s house nearby the school.

Prayer vigils were held in Santa Clarita Thursday night to honor the lives of the students and families affected by the tragic event. Another vigil is scheduled for Sunday at Central Park. Santa Clarita invites those who would like to join in solidarity with the community.  Scriberr News will continue to provide updates on this story as we receive them. 

Written ByJorge Ventura

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