Police said two students died, and four others were injured in a shooting incident that happened in Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. The suspect, a student at the school, is in custody.
According to authorities, a 16-year-old boy opened fire to five students and then shot himself Thursday at around 7:38 a.m. at 21900 Block of Centurion Way.
The victims were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy who died in the incident, and three survivors, two girls of ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.
Authorities said the incident took about 16 seconds. Three off-duty officers who were near the school were the first to respond after the gunshots. One of the officers had just dropped off his child at school when he saw students running away from the campus. He immediately went inside to find out what was happening.
He found six students in the quad area and a .45 caliber semi-automatic gun at the scene. Uniformed officers responded to the scene shortly after.
Authorities said they reviewed a video that clearly shows the suspect withdrawing a handgun and shooting five people and then shooting himself in the head.
All the six students were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds. A seventh student was also hospitalized for a medical issue or injury that was not directly caused by the shooting.
The suspect, an Asian-American student, is being treated at a local hospital.
As of 7 p.m., one victim was in stable condition and had been released from the hospital. Another victim remained in critical condition.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.