Skip to main content

Saugus High shooter opened fire on jam-packed quad in 16-second assault that left 2 dead, 3 injured, sheriff says



Specialists said the shooting at Saugus High School that left two understudies dead and three injured happened over a 16-second time frame in which a cohort hauled out a weapon in the quad region and opened discharge. 

The gunfire broke out at 7:30 a.m., when understudies at the school were booked to be in their first-period classes, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. 

Paramedics hurried onto the grounds, treating the injured, and law authorization officials looked close by neighborhoods for a 16-year-old kid they thought had fled after the shooting. Specialists later said the suspect, recognized by neighbors and sheriff's authorities as Nathaniel Berhow, was found on grounds with a self-dispensed shot injury to the head. 

Authorities said he was taken to a medical clinic and is in grave condition. Before he opened fire, a message showed up on an Instagram account accepted to be connected to him that stated, "Saugus have a fabulous time at school tomorrow." The Times couldn't freely affirm whether the record was associated with the suspect or the shooting. 

Sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener said the teenager was remaining in the quad when he pulled a .45-gauge handgun from his rucksack and opened discharge on different understudies before turning the weapon on himself. It was the presume's sixteenth birthday celebration, specialists said. 

The scene at the school at 21900 Centurion Way was disordered, with adolescents strolling in a line behind furnished law authorization officials with their arms brought up noticeable all around. A considerable lot of the harmed were treated in a verdant region on grounds before being put on gurneys and taken to ambulances in the school's parking area. 

Two understudies, a 16-year-old young lady and a 14-year-old kid, passed on in the wake of being taken to a medical clinic. A 15-year-old young lady, a 14-year-old young lady and a 14-year-old kid were being treated for their wounds. One of the teenagers, who was initially recorded in great condition, was discharged from the emergency clinic toward the evening. 

A few understudies remained secured study halls for over an hour in the midst of the huge police nearness. In the long run, they were begun the school grounds by agents. Some were in tears. As they strolled, one understudy posed so anyone might hear an inquiry on the psyches of numerous others: "What sort of a world is this?" 

Andrei Mojica, 17, was in his AP government class going over a worksheet when his instructor headed outside and saw individuals running. No one in class froze; at that point someone opened the entryway and said there was a shooter on grounds. His heart sank. 

In a moment, around 30 understudies in the class were up and blockading the entryways with work areas and tables. They'd rehearsed this previously, yet "there was simply something other than what's expected about it from a straightforward drill to reality," Mojica said. 

The understudies sat peacefully and had a shoot quencher they were set up to use as a weapon in the event that anybody came into the study hall. They didn't hear any shots. 

"We did not understand whether the shooter was on the contrary side of grounds or right outside our entryway," Mojica said. "That dread made it feel like we were holding up peacefully for eternity." 

All schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District will be shut Friday, area authorities said. 

The schools were quickly secured as specialists looked for the shooter. Appointees had been focusing a lot of their attention on the brushy region behind the secondary school adjoining a brook. Law implementation authorities likewise looked through the terraces of homes along Sycamore Creek Drive. After about 60 minutes, specialists decided the suspect hadn't left grounds. 

At a recreation center down the road from the school, a surge of guardians — some wailing, others stuck to their telephones — assembled. They had been guided there by law implementation to be brought together with their kids. 

A helicopter overhead overwhelmed their crying, and alarms moaned. It was, at this point, a commonplace scene: Three weeks back, authorities and mad Santa Clarita occupants had resulted in these present circumstances same park for a news meeting during the Tick fire. 

Close by, a sheriff's representative grasping an enormous rifle asked a wild eyed lady whether she was a parent. 

"Truly!" she stated, crying. He indicated a gathering of guardians and youngsters, remaining in a bunch. 

One of the guardians folded his arm around the shoulder of a young kid in a dim Saugus sweatshirt. The kid was hyperventilating and checking his breaths so anyone might hear. 

"One, two, three," he said. "One, two, three." 

"It's finished, child," the man said. "It's finished." 

Michael Harrison, 26, said he initially got mindful of the shooting when his more youthful sister, a 17-year-old senior, messaged him, "there is a shooter, call 911." 

"I can't depict it, man," Harrison said with a terrified giggle. "Envision getting that content." 

Kimberly Simpson, 30, remained over the road from Saugus High's principle entrance, where many crisis vehicles and sheriff's appointees in strategic rigging had overflowed the road, some leaving in private garages. One representative could be heard telling a parent that law requirement was directing a "deliberate search" to clear every one of the study halls. 

Simpson's 15-year-old girl, a lesser, was in class Thursday morning when an instructor requested understudies to do what they had bored for, alluding to lockdown techniques. 

"She's gone nuts. She's terrified," Simpson said. "I don't have a clue whether she's going to need to return." 

Anthony Breznican, 43, had recently dropped off his girl and child at primary school when his better half cautioned him to updates on a shooter at close by Saugus High. Breznican dashed back to North Park Elementary, where guardians started heaping into the entryway as subtleties rose. 

"You have children in little Pilgrim outfits intending to do their Thanksgiving expo today exiting in tears," Breznican said. 

His 10-year-old little girl burst into tears as she revealed to him that a child had harmed individuals at Saugus High School. In spite of the fact that occupants state Santa Clarita is an untainted spot, Breznican said it hasn't been immaculate by brutality. A few individuals from the network were murdered in the 2017 Las Vegas slaughter. Others had companions influenced by a year ago's Thousand Oaks shooting. 

Thursday's shooting came two months after six understudies at the secondary school were confined on lawful offense allegations after specialists were cautioned to dangers the youngsters had made on the web. A Hart Union staff part found the internet based life posts "with respect to submitting demonstrations of school viciousness" and cautioned specialists, as indicated by the Sheriff's Department. 

Analysts immediately figured out who had made the posts, as per the office. Villanueva said the dangers were not associated with Thursday's occasions. 

On holiday work force were the first to react to the shooting, Villanueva said. An agent with the Santa Clarita station had dropped off a relative at the school and was heading out when he saw kids running. He pivoted, the sheriff said. 

An Inglewood cop and a Los Angeles Police Department official, both enjoying some downtime, additionally surged the scene, Villanueva said. 

Authorities said a court order was served at what they accept is the speculate's home. 

Brooke Hougo, 18, was preparing to leave for school, which is two lanes from her home, when she heard a kid beating on her entryway. 

"There's a shooter. Would you be able to please give me access?" he shouted. "I need cover." 

Before long, word started to spread about the suspect, and Hougo learned it was a kid she runs crosscountry with. The two have talked previously yet never examined anything top to bottom about their lives, she said. That day, they would have had second time span together: AP brain science. 

"I would have never anticipated anything like this," she said. "He was only a calm child."

Comments