What we know about the suspect in the California school shooting

Saugus high School shooting

Saugus high School shooting

The gunman was also left in grave condition after he attempted to take his own life after the shooting.

The Santa Clarita outpost of the sheriff's department tweeted that the fire department is on the scene and multiple units were "responding from other sheriff's stations to assist".

Sheriff's officials said they were searching for a male Asian suspect with black clothing who was last seen at the school.

One injured student was found in the school choir room, KCBS reported.

The teen's father died two years ago. Both should be discharged in the next few days, officials said.

She said she's glad that her kids learned what they needed to do from lockdown drills.

Initial reports said at least six people were injured, a number that was then lowered to three.

No names of the wounded or the dead were released early on Friday, but the two slain students were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. A suspect in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.

"All of a sudden we hear this distinctive sound outside, so my teacher quickly sprang to his feet", said student Mason Peters, KCBS reported. "We have to do it now", the Democratic presidential candidate said at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, about 71km south of Santa Clarita, where the shooting at Saugus High School took place.

The shooting began before classes started, officials said, sending some students streaming out of the building as others hid. She gave the wounded student first aid and called 911.

A police officer told NBC News a weapon was recovered at the scene.

Denzel Abesamis, a senior at Saugus High School, told the Los Angeles Times that he was driving to campus when he saw his classmates running out of school doors; he "made a detour to leave because I knew something bad happened".

Now, as the community wades through the chaos and grief, authorities are desperate for answers. There appears to be no connection between him and the victims other than all were students, the sheriff said. It also turns out that Thursday is the suspected gunman's birthday. There were two recent threats involving Saugus High School, but both were investigated and neither had a nexus to the school shooting.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital tweeted it received four patients. "That was posted at one point".

The suspect's girlfriend and mother were with authorities.

Berhow, named as the active shooter, was a student at the school, authorities said. A broader lockdown was ordered for the entire William S. Hart Union High School District, but that was later rescinded.

"We all put our hands up", Mendoza said, "everyone crying and shaking".

"Yet today, our brilliant staff bravely and vigilantly went into action", Kuhlman said.

Saugus High, on a campus lined with palm trees, has about 2,400 students, according to federal data.

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