Two Victims Dead in Southern California High School Shooting

Santa Clarita Teen Attacked, Then Shot HImself

November 14, 2019 - 11:31 am

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (WTIC/ AP) A student gunman opened fire this morning at a
Southern California high school, killing two students, wounding three others and
shooting himself in the head, authorities said. He's in grave condition.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. (PT) at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita,
about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said six people were shot, including
the 16-year-old student suspect.

No details were released on a motive and his name was not released. Today
was his birthday. 

Authorities say he was carrying a .45 caliber handgun and used the last bullet
on himself.

The two students who died were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old male. Their
names were not released.     

Shauna Orandi, 16, said she was in her Spanish class doing homework when she
heard four gunshots that she initially mistook as instruments from a band class.
She said a student burst into the room saying he'd seen the gunman, and her
classmates were stunned into silence.

"My worst nightmare actually came true,'' she said later as she left a nearby
park with her father. ``This is it. I'm gonna die.''

Freshman Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she
heard noises that ``sounded like balloons'' popping. She realized they were
gunshots when she saw other students running.

Still carrying a backpack laden with books, she ran across the street to a
home, where a person she didn't know gave shelter to her and about 10 other

"I just heard a lot of kids crying. We were scared,'' Rodriguez said.

On a normal day, she said, Saugus High School felt very safe.

"We never really thought this would happen in our school,'' she said.