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School shooting startles CA

photo courtesy of DAVID CRANE, LOS ANGELES TIMES Students are escorted off campus at Saugus High.

Kat Virula

News Editor

On an early morning of Nov. 14, a student opened fire at a high school in Santa Clarita, Calif., killing two people and wounding three others, and the suspect has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said in a press release from the Washington Post. 

The shooter is now identified as Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow and he shot himself on his 16th birthday after pulling a gun from his backpack at Saugus High School. Berhow received treatment, but died Friday at about 3:30 p.m. local time with his mother present, according to the Washington Post. Stated on the Post, Berhow’s attack his motive remains unclear. In an interview with ABC7, County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that the gunman shot seemingly at random but appeared “very familiar with firing the weapon” and did not commit a “spur-of-the-moment act.”

It was at least the seventh shooting of the school year, according to a Washington Post analysis. What’s tragic with this analysis is that the data shows more than 230,000 children have experienced gun violence at their schools since 1999′s massacre at Columbine High.

According to ABC7, Deputies were on the scene two minutes after a 911 call reported the Saugus High shooting at 7:38 a.m. They found the shooter, dressed in black, among six students with gunshot wounds in the school’s outdoor quad area. A seventh person received treatment for noncritical injuries, according to officials. ABC7. They stated that authorities  found a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun on the scene. 

As the investigations continues, campuses across the William S. Hart Union High School District were closed on Friday in a show of respect to victims, according to their Facebook page.