One dead, multiple wounded in California high school shooting, suspect in custody

Thursday, November 14, 2019
By Paul Martin
14 Nov, 2019

One person has been killed and at least another three injured in a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita, California. Police have apprehended the suspect following an hour-long manhunt.

Police responded to a shooting at Saugus High School, around 40 miles north of Los Angeles, early Thursday morning. Local media reports between three and seven casualties, but police have not yet confirmed the number of victims definitively.

A female victim was announced dead by the nearby Henry Mayo Hospital. The facility said it is also treating two male patients in “critical” condition and another male in “good” condition.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated at the time that the suspect, an Asian male in “black clothing,” was at large, and was last seen at the location. Around an hour later, Sheriff Alex Villaneuva said that the suspected shooter was in custody and was “being treated at a local hospital.”

The suspect is “a member of the student body,” ABC7 reported, citing Villanueva.

Neighboring schools had been placed on lockdown, and the Sheriff’s Department advised locals to avoid the area as police responded. Area residents were asked to lock their doors and remain indoors.

Video footage from the scene showed lines of students being evacuated with their hands over their heads, and paramedics wheeling what appeared to be wounded students out on gurneys.

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