The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is still no closer to finding a possible motivation for why a 16-year-old student entered Saugus High School in Santa Clarita and killed two students.
The suspect pulled a .45 semi-automatic pistol from his backpack in an outdoor school courtyard and opened fire.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday that why was the question of the day.
“This kind of came out of the blue,” the sheriff told CNN. “It shocked everyone who knew him.”
The 16-year-old suspect has not been identified and was severely injured at the scene as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“He saved the last round for himself,” the sheriff said at the presser.
As for why he may have carried out the attack, law enforcement officials are unsure and are continuing to search through his social media accounts and other communication records. They are also interviewing members of his family and others who knew him, Reuters reports.
“We’re still digging,” Villanueva continued.
According to Reuters, two students were killed in the attack, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. Neither name has been released.
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The FBI is assisting in the investigation and police do not know yet where the suspect got the weapon, the sheriff said.
Two girls aged 14 and 15 were being treated at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California and were listed in good and fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said early on Friday.
At the Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clarita, authorities said a 14-year-old boy was treated and released, and the other students taken there died.
Captain Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said surveillance video footage showed the suspect opening fire from a single stationary position and shooting his victims in rapid succession before turning the gun on himself.