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Nathaniel Berhow, the suspected 16-year-old shooter who killed two classmates and injured three others before attempting to take his own life in a 16-second rampage at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday, was a “quiet” Boy Scouts member who recently suffered the loss of his father.
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Police say they received a 911 call at 7:38 a.m. about a shooting at Saugus High School and officers arrived within two minutes and found six students in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds. They reviewed surveillance video which they said clearly shows the suspect walking onto the school's quad, pull a gun from his backpack and shoot five students. He then shot himself in the head.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the students appeared to be randomly targeted by Berhow whose identity was revealed on Thursday by several news outlets.
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Authorities have not yet publicly identified Berhow’s victims but it was noted during a news conference that the students who died were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. A 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl, and a 14-year-old boy were also in stable condition after being injured. Berhow’s condition was listed as grave.
“I don't even know what to do right now, I am just praying for my son's life,” said Berhow's mother, Mami Matasuura, according to the Daily Mail.
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“From the time that he withdrew the handgun from his backpack to the time that he was on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head was about 16 seconds,” Sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener said at a news conference about the shooting.
In an extended post on Facebook Thursday, Melody Blair Pellegrin a teacher at Saugus High School, described how the tragic event unfolded for her and her class.
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“I was on campus with my first-period class, which...
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