The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department confirmed the suspect in Thursday’s shooting at Saugus High School was a 16 year-old male student. He used a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun to carry out the attack.
At a press conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the suspect shot five students early in the school day before shooting himself in the head. Police arrived within two minutes after receiving the first call. Upon arrival, they found the victims and transported those who had been shot to a nearby hospital.
Police later discovered, through watching the school’s security cameras, one of the wounded that had been taken to the hospital was the suspected shooter. He is currently in “grave” condition. Before and during the press conference, it was announced two of the wounded had died. One was a 14 year-old male and the other was a 16 year-old female.
Police added the suspect had fired all the rounds in his magazine. It also turns out that Thursday is the suspected gunman’s birthday. (Read more from “California School Shooting Suspect Used Semi-Automatic Handgun” HERE)