A school shooting occurred Thursday morning at Saugus High School just north of Los Angeles, Calif., leaving one dead and at least two others in critical condition.
The suspect, described as an Asian male wearing all black clothing, was at large, but was later captured and died at the hospital. The suspect was identified by law enforcement as a student of the school, and classmates said he was 15 years old, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The hospital told NBC Los Angeles that four victims were treated at the hospital. One female student died from her wounds and two male students are in critical condition.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed via Twitter at 9:40 a.m. PST that the suspect was taken to a local hospital.
“Update regarding the shooting at #SaugusHigh, suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital,” he said.
Update regarding the shooting at #SaugusHigh, suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital.
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) November 14, 2019
Later reports indicated that the suspect has died at the hospital due to gunshot wounds, which were suspected to be self-inflicted, but not yet confirmed.
Initial reports indicated as many as seven may be shot, however, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials told NBC Los Angeles that at least three victims were shot.
“We have multiple victims down,” said Sgt. Bob Boese of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. “Our deputies are doing a systematic search of the campus, trying to locate the suspect.”
A law enforcement official told NBC Los Angeles that the weapon has been recovered, but would not yet be identified publicly.
At least three people were seen being loaded into ambulances and all appeared to be conscious.
Helicopter footage showed evacuation efforts underway and a large police presence.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 14, 2019
Students were bussed to a church for family reunification efforts.
The LA County Sheriff’s office had first confirmed the shooting and the suspect in a tweet at 7:56 a.m. PST. “Shooting at Saugus High School, Please avoid the area. Male Asian suspect black clothing last seen at the location. Deputies on scene and still responding. Avoid the area Further information to follow.”
#LASD Shooting at Saugus High School , Please avoid the area. Male Asian suspect black clothing last seen at the location. Deputies on scene and still responding. Avoid the area Further information to follow.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) November 14, 2019