3 Dead, 3 Wounded In Saugus High School Shooting

3 Dead, 3 Wounded In Saugus High School Shooting

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. PST:

The SCV sheriffs’ department has tweeted that there were rumors of a third victim, but that is untrue. At this time two students have died since being transported to the hospital, one 16-year-old girl and one 14-year-old boy.

The death toll has sadly risen, after a third student was pronounced dead after one student opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department received a the call at 7:38 a.m. about an active shooter on the Saugus campus. Authorities say the suspect, a student at the school who just turned 16 today, shot five fellow students before turning his .45-caliber handgun on himself.

When they arrived on the scene they found the six students including the suspect, with gunshot wounds and they were all transported to a local hospital. Since then, a 16-year-old female and two 14-year-old male students have tragically died from their injuries.

Witnesses and campus video surveillance identified the suspect, who was at first, was thought just be among the injured. He was identified by neighbors and law enforcement sources as Nathaniel Berhow. They say he is in the hospital in “grave condition” due to a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

A press conference was held, and Capt. Ken Wegener said that a search warrant was being conducted at Berhow’s house; and his girlfriend and mother were at the police station for questioning.