Santa Clarita Shooting
Someone opened fire at a high school in the city of Santa Clarita, in southern California, shortly before school started on Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring others, authorities said, and sending some Students leave the building while others hide. A suspect in the shooting at Saugus High School is in custody and is being treated in a hospital, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Twitter. Details on how they captured the suspect were not immediately available.
Authorities had been looking for a suspect described as an Asian man in black clothes, the sheriff’s department said on Twitter. The suspect is believed to be a school student, Villanueva told KABC, a CNN affiliate. Of six patients transferred to hospitals, one died and two are in critical condition, hospital officials said. At least five were shot, said a sheriff’s department official. Emergency workers removed at least three people from school on stretchers, and large groups of people left in a single row with armed escorts, as shown by aerial images of CNN affiliates.
The shooting occurred about 20 minutes before the start of school, according to Hannah de Caussin, whose daughter attends Saugus.
Some students fled, and others hid
Some students fled the building immediately, and others took refuge inside the rooms, another student told KTLA, a CNN affiliate. “It was one and then four rapids, so hit, and then hit, hit, hit, hit,” said the student, a girl, to KTLA, a CNN affiliate, after leaving the building. The students are trained to take cover in the classrooms, but she and some others were left without her because they thought the shooter was close to where they would have hidden, she said. People walk away from school after the shooting on Thursday morning. “We ran through the fence, luckily it was open, and we moved as far away from the campus as possible,” he said. “We were texting all our friends and making sure they were safe. They said they were hiding and scared. It scared us because they are our friends and we didn’t want anything bad to happen to them.” Another student, Brooklyn Moreno, told KCBS, a CNN affiliate, that she was waiting for a bell to ring to indicate her first class when she heard the first shot. “Everyone thought it was a balloon, and it became really quiet. And then two more shots, and then everyone ran out of school,” said Brooklyn, who added that she crossed the street to someone’s house until someone came to pick up get up.
“We heard what sounded like binders dropping.”
Two students describe scene at Santa Clarita high school amid reported shooting this morning: “We had no idea where we were going to go, we just knew to get out.” https://t.co/81af6KbPi4 pic.twitter.com/owTDFXt2HC
— ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2019
Students were running down my street screaming
Larry Everhart, the grandfather of a Saugus High student, told KCBS that he was leaving his house for coffee when he saw the students running down his street screaming.
“They said: ‘Can I enter your house?’ There were about 20 of them. I wanted to make sure they were safe, so I put them there, “he said. School officials are sending students to Central Park, where parents should meet with them, the district said. Everhart’s neighbor, a police officer, finally told him he could go to the park, where he found his granddaughter safe. “My granddaughter hugged me and hugged me, and I was so happy she was still alive,” he said.
Students led by officers single file out of Saugus High School as a shooting was reported at the campus in Santa Clarita, CA.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2019
All schools in the William S. Hart school district of Santa Clarita were temporarily closed as a precaution, but restrictions were lifted later, the district said. Saugus High School, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, has about 2,400 students, depending on the district.