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Two dead and several injured in California school shooting

The suspect is a student and has been taken into custody

Updated Nov 14th 2019, 8:32 PM

california-high-school-shooting Students waiting to be reunited with their parents following the shooting. Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP/Press Association Images

TWO PEOPLE HAVE died and several people have been injured during a shooting at Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, California. 

The shooting occurred around 7.30 am at the school in the city of Santa Clarita, about 48 kilometres northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

“I’m saddened to report that we have confirmed a total of two fatalities this morning. One female and one male,” tweeted Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. 

Three other students were wounded before the suspect shot himself in the head. He is described in US media as being in a “grave” condition.

Villanueva tweeted that the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. He said the suspect was a student but gave no further information.

california-high-school-shooting Source: AP/PA Images

california-high-school-shooting Students were escorted out of Saugus High School shortly after the alarm was raised. Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Press Association Images

Student Sharon Orelana Cordova told KNBC-TV she hid under a table in a nurse’s office until officers came to get her.

“When I got out I saw this person lying on the ground … with blood all over,” she said.

Student Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she heard noises that “sounded like balloons” popping. When she saw other students running, she realised they were gunshots.

She ran across the street to a home, where a person she didn’t know gave shelter to her and about 10 other students.

Student Mason Peters told KCAL-TV his class heard a “distinctive sound” outside.

“And so my teacher quickly sprang to his feet, got up, locked the door, asking the students to get the keys,” he said. “And so we like reinforced it, turned off all the lights and then we got a bunch of desks and stuff and reinforced the doors. And we all just like stayed hidden.”

- With reporting from Associated Press 

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