Update: Teen that shot 5 classmates, 2 fatally, and himself at Santa Clarita high school has died

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FRIDAY 11/15/19 7:12 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy planned the attack that killed two students and wounded three others at a Southern California high school, but investigators were so far unable to find out why he brought a gun to campus and opened fire, authorities said Friday.

After more than 40 interviews and evaluation of evidence, no motive had been established, said Capt. Kent Wegener, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide unit. He said no manifesto, diary or suicide note had been found.

“It still remains a mystery why,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a press conference.

The teenager opened fire on his birthday Thursday morning after being dropped off by his mother at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.

Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow fired the final bullet into his own head. He died at 3:32 p.m. Friday at a hospital with his mother present, according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.

The shooting in an outdoor plaza took just 16 seconds and was recorded on security video, authorities said.

The teen stood by himself, did not appear to interact with anyone and then walked to the center of the quad, Villanueva said.

“As far as we know the actual targets were at random,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff said the conclusion that the attack was planned was based on the shooter bringing the weapon, handling it with enough expertise and counting the rounds fired.

“It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment act,” Villanueva said.

The origin of the gun was being investigated.

Three off-duty law enforcement officers were first on the scene and treated some of the wounded until paramedics arrived.

The dead were identified as 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell.

The names of the wounded students were not released.

Doctors said Friday morning that two girls, ages 14 and 15, who were both shot in the torso, were doing well and should be released from the hospital over the weekend. A 14-year-old boy was treated and released from another hospital, authorities said.

The suspect was described as a quiet and smart kid who was a Boy Scout and had previously run track for his school.

“You have the image of a loner, someone who is socially awkward, doesn’t get along, some violent tendencies, dark brooding, and online strange postings — stuff like that,” Villanueva said. With this boy, investigators have found “nothing out of the ordinary. He’s a cookie-cutter kid that you could find anywhere.”

In fact, the stereotype of the loser sociopath is often inaccurate, according to the psychologist who wrote federal guidelines for assessing school shooting threats and has interviewed 10 shooters.

What pushes most shooters is some kind of loss or disappointment, often recent, followed by the inability to cope with a feeling of being overwhelmed, according to Marisa Randazzo, a former chief research psychologist at the U.S. Secret Service.

“These are acts of suicide as much as homicide,” said Randazzo, who is now CEO of a firm that does threat assessments.

Most shooters she studied were academically successful and weren’t social outcasts.

Friends said while the boy could be introverted, he had a girlfriend and good social network focused on his cross-country teammates.

Randazzo said she expects investigators will learn that someone had an inkling of trouble.

THURSDAY 11/14/19 2:27 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — A student allegedly opened fire on five classmates, killing two of them, before shooting himself in the head at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday, the day of his 16th birthday, authorities said.

The shooting, which happened at 7:38 a.m., prompted a massive response by law enforcement to the campus at 21900 Centurion Way, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

When they arrived, first responders encountered six patients with gunshot wounds in the school’s Quad, said L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

Several students transported to local hospitals, where two of the victims — a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy — later died, according to officials. Neither has been identified.

One male student remained in critical condition at Henry Mayo Hospital, while a fourth patient was hospitalized in good condition.

Two female gunshot victims, ages 14 and 15, were transported to Holy Cross Providence Hospital, according to authorities.

They were reported to be in good to fair condition, said hospital spokeswoman Patricia Aidem.

The suspect was among the six wounded, according to Villanueva. He was taken to a hospital and, as of early Thursday afternoon, is listed in grave condition. Authorities said they could not confirm that the suspect was the boy being treated at Henry Mayo.

Early reports of the number of victims from the shooting ranged from four to as many as seven. The Los Angeles County Fire Department later confirmed six patients total were transported to local hospitals.

Saugus High is in a suburban area about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Student killed, multiple others injured in shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita; Suspect in custody

THURSDAY 11/14/19 12:49 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — A suspect has been apprehended after a deadly active shooting situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita prompted the temporary lockdown of two entire school districts on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Several students were injured and transported to local hospitals, where one female later died, according to officials. She has not been identified.

Two male students are in critical condition at Henry Mayo Hospital, while a fourth patient was hospitalized in good condition.

Two female gunshot victims were transported to Holy Cross Providence Hospital and are in good to fair condition, said hospital spokeswoman Patricia Aidem.

Previous reports of the number of victims from the shooting ranged from four to seven amid the fluid situation. At least three of the victims were treated on the campus, Sky5 video showed. Paramedics could be seen performing CPR on one injured person.

1 dead after shooting at Saugus High in Santa Clarita; Suspect in custody

THURSDAY 11/14/19 12:05 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — A female individual has died in the shooting, according to hospital officials. It’s unclear if the victim was a student or a staffer.

A suspect is in custody after an active shooting situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita that injured multiple people and prompted the temporary lockdown of two entire school district on Thursday morning, authorities said.

3 in critical condition after shooting at Saugus High in Santa Clarita; Suspect in custody

THURSDAY 11/14/19 11:45 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — A suspect is in custody after an active shooting situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita that injured multiple people and prompted the temporary lockdown of two entire school district on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Four people — three males and a female — have been hospitalized, according to Henry Mayo Hospital. Three of the patients are in critical condition.

Previous reports of the number of victims from the shooting ranged from four to seven amid the fluid and active situation.

5 hospitalized after shooting at Saugus High in Santa Clarita; All schools in 2 districts on lockdown amid search for gunman

THURSDAY 11/14/19 11:09 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — An active shooting situation at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita has prompted a massive police response and the lockdown of an entire school district on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Around 7:30 a.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired on the campus, located at 21900 Centurion Way, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station said in a series of tweets.

At least five victims have been hospitalized, including two in critical condition, according to Henry Mayo Hospital.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department earlier reported there were six to seven victims, telling KTLA it was unclear if they had all be shot.

At least three of the victims were treated on the campus, Sky5 video showed. Paramedics could be seen performing CPR on one of the victims.

Students at the school described a chaotic scene as gunfire erupted on the campus. An 11th grader told KTLA she was outside of the library with friends when they heard five or six gunshots ring out.

“I heard a bullet hit the wall right next to where we were standing … we ran as fast as we could, said the student, who identified herself as Riley. “There were hundreds of us just running as far away as possible,” she said.

Braden, a 10th grader, told KTLA the situation unfolded right after his mother dropped him off at school.

“As soon as I found out, I saw the kids running,” he said. “I knew it was serious so I just ran back to my mom’s car.”

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KTLA that the department has identified the suspect, who appears to be a student. He did not release the student’s name.

Authorities are set to serve a search warrant at a home in the area, the sheriff added.

A SWAT team unit and several other vehicles could be seen parked outside a home in a nearby residential neighborhood shortly after 9 a.m., Sky5 video over the scene showed.

At least 6 victims after shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita; Multiple campuses on lockdown amid search for gunman

THURSDAY 11/14/19 10:33 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA, Cali. (KTLA) — A report of a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita has prompted a massive police response and the lockdown of multiple campuses in the area Thursday morning, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a report of shots fired on the campus, located at 21900 Centurion Way, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station Department said in a series of tweets.

There are at least six — but possibly seven — victims, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It was not immediately clear if all of them had been shot.

Two patients are in critical condition, according to Henry Mayo Hospital; three others are headed to the medical center.

At least three of the victims could be seen being treated on the campus, Sky5 video showed. Paramedics could be seen performing CPR on one of the victims.

All campuses in the William S. Hart Union High School District have been placed on lockdown amid the search for the gunman.

“Emergency Alert: There is an incident at Saugus High School – as a precaution we are placing all schools on lockdown until law enforcement advises otherwise,” the district tweeted shortly before 8:30 a.m.

The Castaic Union School District also placed all of its campuses on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

The shooter is described as an Asian male wearing black clothing, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Police activity could be seen in a field area off Decoro Driver near Santa Clarita Elementary School, according to the aerial footage.

Residents who live anywhere near Saugus High are being told to lock their doors, stay inside and call 911 if they see the suspect. Everyone else is being asked to avoid the area.

Parents will be able to pick up their students at Central Park at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

For more on this story, visit Local 5 affiliate KTLA.

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