SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Two of the students who were injured in the deadly shooting at Saugus High School on Thursday are recovering and expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.
Investigators searched the home of a 16-year-old suspect Thursday night after a deadly shooting at a Santa Clarita school, according to Spectrum News 1 on scene.
The shooting suspect was described as a 16-year-old Asian male in black clothing spotted on campus just before 8 a.m. The suspect was captured by 9:43 a.m. and was treated at a nearby hospital in grave condition.
Two students were killed and three injured at Saugus High School, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Anyone with information is asked to call 323-890-5500 to arrange an interview with investigators.
The suspect's gun, a .45 calliber semi-automatic handgun, was recovered at the school by deputies. In a press conference the L.A. County Sheriff said the gunman shot five students before shooting himself in the head.
"Detectives have reviewed the video at scene, which clearly shows suspect in the quad, withdraw a handgun from his backpack, shoot and wound five people, and then himself in the head," said L.A. County Sheriff's Office Capt. Kent Wegener.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said 16-year-old student Gracie Anne Muehlberger and a 14-year-old unidentified male student have died. Three victims are being treated at Henry Mayo Hospital; two of them are 14-year-old female students and one is a 14-year-old male student. The two female students are recovering and expected to be released from the hospital in two or three days.
All schools in the William S. Hart School District will be closed on Friday.
There were rumors that the suspect may have posted threats on social media, which will be investigated, according to LASD Undersheriff Tim Murakami. Anyone who learns of a social media threat should call police immediately. A Facebook account that was rumored to belong to the suspect has been deactivated and originated from a source out of the country.
Paul Delacourt of the FBI reported there was no indication that the shooter acted on behalf of any kind of group or ideology, nor was there any indication of co-conspirators.
In an afternoon press conference, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villaneuva revealed that three off-duty law enforcement officers from different agencies who were dropping their kids off at school were the first to respond to the incident. This was followed closely by the arrival of uniformed officers.
Villanueva indicated that the shooting incident lasted a total of 16 seconds from the moment the shooter pulled the weapon from his backpack, fired five rounds, and then turned the weapon on himself and fired.
Investigators also reported that a line reading, "Saugus have fun at school tomorrow" was found in the suspect's Instagram bio and was later removed. It has not yet been determined whether the account was hacked or if someone else with access to the account changed the bio.
Aerial images of the scene show abandoned backpacks littering the front lawn of the school.
Saugus High School has more than 2,500 students. A GoFundMe account has been created to raise funds towards grief counseling at the school for students.
In a statement from William S. Hart Union School District Deputy Superintendent said, "We are currently in the process of formulating a plan to care for our school and our community - and will continue sharing updates as we learn more - including the plan for the days ahead."
The White House has released a statement about the shooting:
President Trump "is monitoring the ongoing reports of a school shooting in Santa Clarita, CA. The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders."
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