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Southern California school shooter dies

Police said the 16-year-old boy who shot five students at his Los Angeles-area high school has died.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 8:13 AM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 8:16 PM

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students - killing two - before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has died.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow died at about 3:30 p.m. Friday at a hospital with his mother present.

Authorities say Berhow pulled a gun from his backpack Thursday at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita, shot five students at random and then shot himself in the head. It was his 16th birthday.

The shooting, captured on security video, took 16 seconds and investigators say they still don’t have a motive.

The attack killed 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell. Two girls remain hospitalized but are expected to be released this weekend.

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Police say the 16-year-old gunman who killed two students and wounded three others at his Los Angeles-area high school planned the attack.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday police don’t know any details but believe it was planned by the way the boy used the weapon and counted his rounds. The last bullet was fired into his head. He’s in critical condition at a hospital.

The attack at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita happened around 7:30 a.m., Thursday, soon after the boy’s mother dropped him off on his 16th birthday.

Villanueva says the boy entered the school grounds, went by himself into a quad, dropped his backpack, pulled out the handgun and fired methodically but randomly.

Police said they don’t believe anyone he shot had a relationship with him beyond being fellow students.

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Authorities say a 16-year-old gunman was among six victims found at a Los Angeles school following a shooting. 

A 14-year-old has died following a shooting at a Los Angeles high school, bringing the number of those killed to 2.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the unidentified gunman, whose birthday is Thursday, is in grave condition at a hospital.

A video of the shooting shows the teenager shot himself in the head. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the 16-year-old shooter pulled a gun from his backpack and shot five other students before shooting himself.

Sheriff’s homicide Capt. Kent Wegener says the gunman used a .45-caliber handgun and there were no more bullets left when it was recovered.

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Southern California hospital says 1 female has died, 2 critical male patients, 1 male patient is in good condition.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells KNX radio the suspect in the Saugus High School shooting is in custody.

The sheriff says the suspect is a student and was one of several people taken to a hospital after the Thursday morning shooting and is alive.

Reports on the number of people injured have fluctuated.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital tweets it received four patients. The hospital says a female and two males are in critical condition and one male is in good condition.

School district spokesman Dave Caldwell tells the station all campus lockdowns in the district have been lifted except for Saugus High.

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9:30 a.m.

Scores of parents are in a park near a Southern California high school, where they are supposed to be reunited with their children following reports of a school shooting.

Police from federal, state and local departments were converged in a parking lot.

A hospital in the city of Santa Clarita tweeted that it received two patients in critical condition Thursday morning and three more were en route.

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9:11 a.m.

The number of people reported injured in a shooting at a Southern California high school has risen to five.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in the city of Santa Clarita tweeted that it received two patients in critical condition Thursday morning and three more were en route.

The Los Angeles County sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley station says there are “reports of approximately 5 victims being treated.”

The shooting occurred at Saugus High School about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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

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9 a.m.

White House spokesman Judd Deere says President Donald Trump is monitoring the reports of a school shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita, California.

Deere says in a statement that those in the area are encouraged “to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders.”

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says there are three confirmed injuries following the shooting at Saugus High School.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Thursday on Twitter that deputies are responding to Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita.

The sheriff’s office says a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the school.

Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Christopher Thomas said it was not immediately clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries.

Saugus High School and other schools in the area have been locked down.

This is a developing story, will update with the latest developments.

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