Nathaniel Berhow has been identified as the suspect who carried out the Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California on Thursday, November 14. After carrying out the attack, the suspect fled and was temporarily on the loose. After the shooting rampage, the suspect was eventually found and taken into custody at a local hospital, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The shooting left two dead and four other victims injured — three reportedly in critical condition at nearby Henry Mayo Hospital. including two males and one female. The female victim, who was 16 years old, passed away at the hospital from her injuries. A second student, a 14-year-old male, also died in the hospital. The two students who passed away were among those taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The other victims included a 15-year-old female, a 14-year-old male, and a 14-year-old female.
Berhow, who is just 16 years old and was a member of the school’s track team, is listed in grave condition after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The suspect was one of the six injured students who was found on the quad of the high school. He carried out the shooting on his birthday. The suspect pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and shot five victims before turning the gun on himself. The weapon “had no more rounds in it” when it was recovered.
Los Angeles Co. sheriff after announcing 2 teens were killed in Calif. school shooting:
"I hate to have Saugus be added to the names of Columbine, Parkland, Sandy Hook, but it's a reality that affects us all throughout the nation. It's something we're gonna have to deal with." pic.twitter.com/rGWVe5BUaC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 14, 2019
When news of the shooting first surfaced, the suspect was described as “a 15-year-old Asian male who was dressed in all-black clothing” who was a student at the high school. Police later searched the suspect’s home before revealing he was “no longer a threat.”
Saugus High School is approximately 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
Following the shooting, California Senator Kamala Harris issued a response to the mass shooting on social media.
“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,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “We can’t accept this.”
Another California politician, Representative Katie Porter, also chimed in.
“My heart breaks for our neighbors in Santa Clarita and our children, who have to grow up in a world where they can’t go to school without fear. This. Must. End. It is past time for our Senate and our President to say #EnoughIsEnough,” she wrote.” They can start by passing H.R.8 into law.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of all of the victims and those impacted by this horrific incident.