California city: Authorities said multiple people were hurt and at least one person was killed when a shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, a city 30 miles north of Los Angeles.
The Santa Clarita sheriff’s department initially said there were reports of five victims being treated, with at least two patients in critical condition. The Henry Mayo Newhall hospital later clarified that is was treating four patients, three male, and one female, and that the female patient had passed away.
The Los Angeles County sheriff said the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. The suspect was a student, the sheriff said.
Saugus high school and other schools in the area including two elementary schools identified by authorities as Rosedale and Highland were locked down.
Television images showed sheriff’s deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys. Lines of students were escorted away by armed deputies.
Later, scores of parents converged in a park near the high school to reunite with their children.
The sheriff’s department said that it believed there was only one suspect but was following all leads.
The White House spokesman Judd Deere said Donald Trump was monitoring the reports.
Condolences poured in from across the country.
The California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she was heartbroken and was praying for Santa Clarita. “Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can’t accept this,” she said.
“Another sad example of a school shooting & why students across the country live in fear of gun violence,” wrote the senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. “We all stand with CA victims and neighbors, students & teachers & law enforcement as they work to track down & stop the suspect from shooting more people.”