Two students were killed and several more were injured in a shooting a high school in Santa Clarita, California, Thursday, The New York Times reports.
On Twitter, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said the suspected shooter was a 16-year-old male who is currently hospitalized and “in grave condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” A name has yet to be released, although it’s believed the suspect was a member of the student body at Saugus High School.
During a press conference, authorities said that they reviewed video footage of the shooting, which showed the suspect withdrawing a gun from his backpack, shooting and wounding five people then shooting himself in the head. The suspect reportedly used a semi-automatic pistol, which was empty when it was recovered.
BREAKING: Video of scene at high school shooting shows "the subject in the quad withdraw a handgun from his backpack, shoot and wound five people, and then shoot himself in the head," officials say.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2019
Per The Associated Press, the suspect opened fire at about 7:30 a.m. PT, before the school day had officially started. Immediately after it was reported, other schools in the William S. Hart District were locked down. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff also issued a warning that anyone near Saugus High should lock their doors and stay inside.
One student, Rosie Rodriguez, told The AP that she was walking up the library steps when she heard what “sounded like balloons” popping. “We never really thought this would happen in our school,” she added.
Another student, Sharon Orelana Cordova, told NBC Los Angeles that she saw people running while doing homework and started running too. “When I got out, I saw this person lying down on the ground, and I saw blood all over,” she said. “It was really scary, I was really, really scared. I didn’t know what was going on.”
As news broke of the shooting at Saugus High, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal happened to be speaking on the Senate floor about the need for universal background checks (Republicans blocked a vote on the issue today). While speaking, an aide handed Blumenthal a note about the shooting, and he said, “How can we turn the other way, how can we refuse to see that shooting in real time, demanding our attention, requiring our action? We are complicit if we fail to act.”
As I was on the Senate floor speaking about the need for universal background checks—after Rs blocked a vote today—I heard this devastating news. To the victims&families, we can't take back the loss&fear you're feeling, but we'll keep fighting to end this epidemic of violence. https://t.co/i3cqgBk1Sm pic.twitter.com/6Mg7L5NtR6
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 14, 2019