Shooting At California’s Saugus High School Leaves 1 Dead
Another day, unfortunately, another mass shooting. Authorities report that at least one person is dead and several others are injured after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.
The L.A. Times reports that the shooting was reported around 7:40 a.m. PST. Law enforcement and paramedics rushed to the scene and police searched for a 16-year-old boy suspected in the shooting. The shooter has been apprehended.
Four people from the school were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital for treatment and one patient, a female, died.
This story is still developing…
There have been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools resulting in death or injury in 2019.
The L.A. Times spoke with a number of Seagus High School students including Senior Denzel Abesamis who was in his car about to turn onto campus when he saw classmates running out.
“I automatically made a detour to leave because I knew something bad happened,” he said in a text message.
“I’ve always been worried [that] something like this would happen,” he said. “Since then, Saugus has emphasized the importance of making sure to always be cautious of anything that may happen, like an active shooter.”
Andrei Mojica, 17, told The L.A. Times he was in his AP government class when he saw people running.
“That’s when my heart sank,” he said recalling when someone told the class there was a shooter on campus.. In an instant, the class of about 30 were up and barricading the doors with desks and tables. They’d practiced this before, but “there was just something different about it from a simple drill to real life.”
The class sat in silence and had a fire extinguisher they were prepared to use as a weapon if anyone came into the classroom. They didn’t hear any shots, but were unsure where the shooter was.
“We had no clue whether the shooter was on the opposite side of campus or right outside our door,” he said. “That fear made it feel like we were waiting in silence forever.”