A 15-year-old California student reportedly took his own life as a SWAT team closed in, after carrying out a school shooting that injured at least five people, two of them critically.
The shooting was reported st 7.45am Pacific Time at Saugus High School on Centurion Way in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said earlier officers have identified the sole suspect, characterized as a student at the school, and were prepared to storm a residence linked to him.
Multiple local news outlets are reporting that the teenage suspect turned the gun on himself and took his own life as officers stormed a house in the vicinity of the high school.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said at least five victims were transported from the scene with gunshot wounds.
SWAT officers are seen storming a house in Santa Clarita, California, near Saugus High School where a mass shooting took place this morning
Gunfire erupted inside Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, Thursday morning
People are lead out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday
Paramedics are seen administering aid to one of the shooting victims on school campus
A victim is seen being taken from the scene by first responders following the shooting at 7.45am Pacific Time
Ambulances are parked outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting
People wait for students and updates outside of Saugus High School
The Signal reported that one student was shot in the torso and treated by a teacher a classroom.
One of the victims was found wounded in the school choir room.
A spokesperson at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital confirmed that two victims are in critical condition and three others are en route.
Television images showed sheriff’s deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys.
Students at Saugus High School are talking about hearing shots and running for their lives
Lines of students were escorted away from the school by armed deputies.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office sent out a tweet saying officers were searching to a male Asian suspect in dark clothing.
A mother of a student at the school tearfully told KTLA her daughter called her earlier, saying that a girl burst into their classroom after being shot and other students jumped into actions, trying to stop the bleeding.
A student named Riley told KTLA5 that she was standing with friends by the library on campus when she heard four to five gunshots and started running.
A mother of one student who was outside the school said the kids have regular drills to prepare for an active shooter situation.
She told an ABC7 reporter: ‘They do multiple drills, and I always said I hate that this is the new normal but I see why now. The kids know [what to do], they should hide, shelter in place, or run if you can.
One of the students who was there with his mom claimed: ‘I know if you’re in a classroom you should just stay if there’s a teacher, if you’re already outside and really close to an exit, you should try and run but if you’re not close to an exit, you should duck into the nearest class
‘We have done lockdown drills and stuff.’
Two sisters who were outside the school with their mom appeared shaken as they told how they were reunited when the building was evacuated.
One of the girls named Emily told KTLA: ‘I never looked back, we just all kept running and people were looking for their loved ones. Everyone worked as a community it was very surprising.
‘I was like panicking the whole time, I was like my sister is in the classroom, I hope she’s ok
This map shows the location of the high school on Centurion Way in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles
At least five people were said to have been wounded in the school shooting Thursday
At least one person was said to have been shot in the abdomen
‘She’s here now and she was hiding, she was texting that she was so scared and it was so crazy.’
Her mom told of her terror as Emily text her saying there was a shooter in the building and she immediately rushed to the scene where she waited for news.
She claimed: ‘She was texting me saying there is a shooter, I was like what I couldn’t believe. It hits home so it’s been really hard, I got in my car and drove right to my school, I waited and waited and finally my daughter came running out to me
‘It was the best thing ever, she was one of the first classes let out. I found out my other daughter was with her girlfriend and mom which was like a relief.’
‘My daughter Sarah told me “mom, I’m so scared, I love you so much, please come, please come and that just killed me
‘You don’t know where they are, if they are safe, it’s so scary, I’m so glad.’
The high school and other schools in the surrounding area, including Rosedell and Highland elementary schools, were placed on lockdown.
Police are seen on a street descending on a home believed to be linked to the suspect
A police cruiser is seen outside the address connected to the alleged shooter
Police officers were seen surrounding a home on Sycamore Creek Drive, believed to be somehow linked to the suspect.
People are being urged to the avoid the area during the manhunt and nearby residents are being asked to lock their doors and shelter in place.
White House spokesman Judd Deere says President Donald Trump is monitoring the reports of the school shooting.
Deere says in a statement that those in the area are encouraged ‘to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders.’
Democrat congressman Tim Ryan, who represents Ohio, reacted with shock at the latest school shooting incident.
In a Tweet he claimed: ‘My heart breaks for Saugus High School and the Santa Clarita community. How many more, @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell? Our children cannot keep living like this. The Senate needs to #DoSomething, we need to take action on gun violence.
Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris also tweeted: ‘heartbroken and praying for Santa Clarita. I’m incredibly grateful to the first responders who are on the scene of this active situation.
‘If you are near the area, please listen to law enforcement. Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can’t accept this.’
Senator Dianne Feinstein urged the public to comply with emergency notices and said she was monitoring the ongoing situation.